Of Course It's a Big Deal: A Story about Learning to React Calmly and Appropriately (Executive Function)
Publisher: Boys Town Press
ISBN 10: 1944882111
ISBN 13: 978-1944882112
If your child overreacts, this book is for you! This entertaining story teaches social-emotional skills to children.
Braden is back - and he delivers the drama to every minor misunderstanding, grievance and annoyance in his life!
What was supposed to be a carefree afternoon of go-cart racing and putt-putt golf, quickly turns sour when Braden shouts and pouts about the rules.
Turns out he is too short to drive a go-cart by himself.
Will Braden ever learn to keep his cool in the face of disappointment?
Will every discouraging moment send him into an emotional meltdown?
Part of the Executive Function series of books for children, Of Course It's a Big Deal teaches kids not to overreact to situations.
Tips for Parents and Educators are also included.
Did one of your students overreact to something you said/told them to do??? Does GLASSMAN invade your brain sometimes??? Do you tend to think something is a BIG problem when to others it might seem small??? Of Course It s A Big Deal is the PERFECT story to help your kiddos make connections to our Unthinkables, the size of their problem, and to create a plan to have in their toolbox when they need it. Learning to react calmly and appropriately is NOT something that comes easy to MOST kids, and is a skill that needs to be taught and reinforced. --Kim Gameroz, Behavioral Support Specialist
It is all too easy for us grownups to criticize a child who blows up when things don't go his way. We forget that there is no 'small stuff' for little kids. Everything is really, really important! Want an example? We have seven balls for two kids to play with, each ball a different color. For some reason, the blue ball is the ONLY ball worth playing with, and there are tantrums galore from the kid who got stuck with one of those other suckie balls. This book holds up a mirror to our boys' behavior, and has given them something to think about. The main character is a likeable kid, and we all enjoy reading the book together. --Diane from the Bay Area, Amazon
This book is about a boy, Braden, that overreacts to several different situations. His mother talks to him about a 4-step process she learned from her Grandfather to react calmly, and throughout the book there are examples of Braden putting those steps into play, while also describing a parent's role in implementing and facilitating these changes in thought process. The situations that Braden is placed in are ones that many children experience, which helps the child reading to identify with the character and think about what their reaction would be in these situations. This book is a little lengthy and might not be as interesting to those children without this particular behavior issue, but for parents and children who struggle with overreacting and subsequent negative consequences, this book is great to help give guidance for both parties! --Corrie M, Amazon
About the Author
Bryan Smith comes from a family of educators. He has worked in the education field for more than 19 years. Bryan began his career as an elementary school teacher before realizing he had a talent for helping children deal with difficult issues and became a school counselor. He is the author of the Executive FUNction book series, including What Were You Thinking? and My Day is Ruined! His books teach kids life skills that will take them far and help them succeed. He is married and has two children.