Monday, October 27, 2014

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings!

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings is an essential guidebook for adults in steering children through the confusing behaviors that emotions evoke.  When you understand the purpose of emotions, behavior becomes understandable.  Each of the eight emotions is clearly defined thorough vignettes and illustrations, keeping both adult and child captivated, thus creating an opportune time for discussion. By recognizing that all humans experience these emotions throughout their lives, the book provides a true sense of comfort. Emotions are not to be shunned, but rather embraced and explained to provide a positive development environment for all children.

My Impressions:  

 Anger, fear, shame, sadness, happiness, love, disgust and surprise are the topics tackled in Peggy's book Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout. Each title asks the reader a question revolving around the feeling being discussed such as What do we do when we are angry?, or How do you know when you feel ashamed? On each page you find huge circles that have descriptive words that describe the feeling being addressed. On the opposite page you get some great examples about how those feelings look in application. 

This book really helps you identify your feelings with great examples of situations that might stimulate the feeling talked about. This book is a great tool to use to open up discussions with younger children who are trying to discover the meaning behind their emotional reaction and how to control them  and recognize them in others. The best feature in this book, to me, though was at the end of each section it asks the reader What makes YOU feel....., which was a great opener for my kids to talk about how this applies to their life, making the discussions personal and fruitful. My son loved the little poem at the end of the book that nicely tied together what the author wishes to accomplish, recognition and application. I enjoyed reading all the interesting facts about emotions in the back of the book and these made good discussion topics for my older daughter as well. Nice all around book with simply, but helpful illustration that can help any parent in encouraging their kids to talk about and identify their emotions in a confrontational way.

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About the Author:
Dr. Peggy Kruger Tietz is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Austin, Texas.  She sees a wide range of children with normal developmental problems as well as children who have experienced trauma.  Her Ph.D is in developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College.  Before entering private practice Dr. Tietz treated children in multiple settings, such as family service agencies and foster care.  Dr. Tietz, trained at the Family Institute of Philadelphia, and then taught there.   She specializes in seeing children individually, as well as, with their families.   She has advanced training in Play Therapy as well as being a certified practitioner of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, for children and adults).   She has conducted workshops on parenting, sibling relationships, and emotional literacy.

Her latest book is the nonfiction/psychoeducational book, Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings.

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of Pump Up Your Books Review Crew.
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