Temper Tantrums: Help for Children and Parents

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“I want BOTH! You are really mean!” When those or similar words pop out of a young child’s mouth, most adults are at a loss how best to respond to the ensuing meltdown. In Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums and how She Outgrew Them, bestselling author Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. shows how strong but perfectly normal feelings like anger and frustration can lead to hysterical outbursts, and how it is possible for children and parents to deal successfully with those felings and resolve the tantrums without pnishing, yelling, isolating, giving in or bribing. In a few short pages, and in a caring and reassuing manner, Pieper conveys some big emotional trusths abou the inner lives of young children.



Jilly the Kangaroo is very easily frustrated and has no patience. Any parent raising a small child can relate to this. Jilly doesn’t want to wait, doesn’t like to compromise, and wants everything her way. Yet, with tons of patience, love, soothing words and cuddles, her Mother and Father manage to calm Jilly the Kangaroo down time after time until Jilly learns to use her words to voice her feelings before her negative emotions burst out. Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums is a wonderful text that teaches children how to manage their big emotions in a healthy way for a positive outcome. –Kristine Daniels (Librarian). Netgalley.com

An impressive blend of original and entertaining storytelling with colorfully charming illustrations, Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular, ‘kid friendly’ addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections. –Midwest Book Review

Five stars! I loved this book! As a preschool teacher, it has everything that I’m looking for in a book to share with my class. The artwork is beautiful and the story has direct applications to children and helping them grow into kind and compassionate adults. I love that the adults in the book explain what is happening and put words to Jilly’s feelings, validating them while not giving in to her tantrums. I love that Jilly learns from her past experiences and knows that when she needs support, she can always just ask for it. I absolutely love this book from both a teaching perspective as well as helping parents use more effective discipline strategies. An awesome find and a book I definitely want to get in my classroom! –Mandy Bartmess (teacher) netgalley.com

About the Author

Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist who works with children and parents, and serves as a consultant to agencies and other mental health professionals. She authored the first book in this series, the award-winning Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! And she co-authored with William J. Pieper, M.D., the bestselling parenting book Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Regulating, and Enjoying Your Child and the popular adult self-help book Addicted to Unhappiness. For over 35 years, she has counseled parents and helped children of all ages recover from emotional problems. Her work is the foundation for the non-profit agency Smart Love Family Services, which provides a broad spectrum of counseling and educational services to children and families. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Radcliffe College, she earned her doctorate at the University of Chicago.