Ever have a child that whines if he didn’t get to be first?
Or she pouts when she didn’t get the color crayon she wanted or didn’t win the game? Yup, you know the one I’m talking about. You need this adorable book by Julie Gassman, You Get What You Get. (and you don’t throw a fit).
This is one the best-ever books for teaching acceptance that we can’t always get exactly what we want.
When Melvin starts school, he finds out he really hates his teacher’s favorite rule: You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit!
But at least his family doesn’t know about this awful rule. Until…he accidentally lets it slip!
You Get What You Get and You Don’t Throw a Fit is the start of a great social skills lesson.
Of course, just like Melvin, some children struggle with handling disappointment more than others.
The result can be lots of negative consequences and sometimes even social isolation as peers lose patience or become annoyed with crying and whining.
Talking about Melvin’s squirrelly behavior make it non-threatening to discuss, rather than talking about the student’s own behavior.
- We list situations where a child might feel disappointed.
- We list inappropriate ways to react. Oh, no! We would never behave that way. Why not?
- We talk about and list social consequences. Teachers get mad when you are interrupting the class and you get in trouble. Maybe you lose a privilege. Friends won’t want to play a game with you if they know you’ll throw a fit.
- What should we do instead?
I hope you get a chance to read You Get What You Get with your students. I think you’ll love it!