Calm-Down Time
Every parent, caregiver—and toddler—knows the misery that comes with meltdowns and temper tantrums. Through rhythmic text and warm illustrations, this gentle, reassuring book offers toddlers simple tools to release strong feelings, express them, and calm themselves down. Children learn to use their calm-down place—a quiet space where they can cry, ask for a hug, sing to themselves, be rocked in a grown-up’s arms, talk about feelings, and breathe: “One, two, three . . . I’m calm as can be. I’m taking care of me.” After a break, toddlers will feel like new—and adults will, too. Books include tips for parents and caregivers.

Calm-Down Time Details

TitleCalm-Down Time
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2010
PublisherFree Spirit Publishing
ISBN-139781575423166
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

Calm-Down Time Review

  • L.K. Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    I bought this for my 19 month old who has started having tantrums sometimes. He's too young to understand it properly yet, but the tips at the back for parents are useful and he enjoys flicking through it looking at the pictures. As he gets a bit older I feel that the idea of doing a breathing exercise to calm down should be simple to understand, as well as the idea of talking about a problem or asking for a hug. Overall I'm pleased with this book and I think it will be a really helpful tool for I bought this for my 19 month old who has started having tantrums sometimes. He's too young to understand it properly yet, but the tips at the back for parents are useful and he enjoys flicking through it looking at the pictures. As he gets a bit older I feel that the idea of doing a breathing exercise to calm down should be simple to understand, as well as the idea of talking about a problem or asking for a hug. Overall I'm pleased with this book and I think it will be a really helpful tool for my toddler in the future.
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  • Britney
    January 1, 1970
    1.) Calm-Down Time2.) Social/Emotional Skill: The skills being taught here are self control and self regulation emotionally.3. I would use this book in a cozy corner of the classroom to help the children to see that sometimes when we are upset we need time to just relax and to calm down to breathe. This book will help the kids to see that their are healthy ways to cope with stressful situations. I liked that this book was very soothing when I read it and that it can be a useful tool for teachers 1.) Calm-Down Time2.) Social/Emotional Skill: The skills being taught here are self control and self regulation emotionally.3. I would use this book in a cozy corner of the classroom to help the children to see that sometimes when we are upset we need time to just relax and to calm down to breathe. This book will help the kids to see that their are healthy ways to cope with stressful situations. I liked that this book was very soothing when I read it and that it can be a useful tool for teachers or parents. This book is a great tool to help children realize that even when we get upset we need to cool off and use self-control.
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  • Eystein
    January 1, 1970
    Our 2 year old loved this book, but then all new books/presents are great. I'm not sure if it will have the desired affect yet, but I'm often reffering to "calm down" and taking a deep breath, and I think with time, they will too.
  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    This should be necessary reading -- gives caregivers tools for calming tantrums and empathy with children.
  • Giselle Ates
    January 1, 1970
    A great reinforcement for dealing with tantrums.
  • Eliot Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Dual language board book with text in English and Spanish, about different coping mechanisms, like taking a deep breath and counting to 3, to help kids calm themselves down.
  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Helpful for children who need help monitoring their behaviors. Wonderful parent tips at the end of the book. More liniment in parenting style with the tips than some parents would choose.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Too bad my son won't listen while I read this book to him.At the end of the book there are tips for adults, although if you watch Daniel Tiger you'll already know them.
  • Gabriella
    January 1, 1970
    Calm-Down Time is part of an awesome toddler board book series created by Elizabeth Verdick. This book has been beyond helpful as I deal with the "terrible 3s" rollover from the terrible 2s. This book talks about toddler feelings, why they may feel a certain way at times, and what to do to calm down. My daughter has pretty much memorized all of the books in this series. The bright colorful pictures really appeal to her, as do the expressions on some of the character's faces. This book opens the Calm-Down Time is part of an awesome toddler board book series created by Elizabeth Verdick. This book has been beyond helpful as I deal with the "terrible 3s" rollover from the terrible 2s. This book talks about toddler feelings, why they may feel a certain way at times, and what to do to calm down. My daughter has pretty much memorized all of the books in this series. The bright colorful pictures really appeal to her, as do the expressions on some of the character's faces. This book opens the door for a discussion about feelings and helps toddlers understand that it's ok to be sad or mad. Our favorite part of the book is the breathing exercise. "I can breath in and out....1...2...3...I'm taking care of me." Since reading this book early last year, my daughter now redirects herself when she gets angry or frustrated. Be sure to check out the other books in this series, especially if you are a toddler mom or dad!
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  • Russell
    January 1, 1970
    Another masterpiece in the indoctrination of social norms series.The only minor thing that would have punched it up a notch: if the lesson had been to count to five, instead of three. One day, when I introduce my children to Jack Shephard's lesson to count to five? I'd like them to associate that with Elizabeth Verdick's work instead of Matthew Fox's tattoo he got in honor of his time on Party of Five.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A great book for toddlers (or really anybody) who needs to figure out what to do when they're overwhelmed by frustration and anger. As my child approaches age two, tantrums are a part of our daily life, but Verdick calmly and simply explains several different ways for young children to express their feelings in less destructive ways, including the ever popular, "use your words". The back pages slso lay out ways patrons can encourage their toddler to express their feelings in a calmer manner.
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  • Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    January 1, 1970
    Really loved this one. My little lady is two and has some BIG emotions sometimes, so this is wonderful to reinforce the idea of calming ourselves down - this a phrase I have used before nap and bed, saying, "Now it is time to calm down", so she is already familiar with it. I liked the idea too of reinforcing counting to calm down also. Great book!
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  • Abby Pooch
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book for toddlers or very young children about how to calm down when they are upset or dysregulated. It would be a good book to encourage children to take a break when they get upset. No older than 4.
  • K
    January 1, 1970
    Initially I got it for my toddler (not quite two at the time), but I think my almost five year old likes it better. I'm thinking about purchasing it at some point for a "calm down" spot we're creating.
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Tips for toddlers who are upset and need to calm down. Also struck me as a book that would be useful for children with autism.I won this book in a giveaway from Jumpin Beans blog.
  • Marissa Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    This book is for toddlers, but the simple message is for everyone. Take three deep breaths, relax in a bean bag chair, and calm yourself the heck down. (I will be buying a bean bag chair soon.)
  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    1 copy
  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Blah, I didn't realize when I grabbed this that it was from the same series as one of the other library book we got this year that I didn't like.
  • Pat Fromm
    January 1, 1970
    A basic book on recognizing, accepting, and controlling emotions for toddlers. The parenting tips in the back are a nice touch.
  • Avonlea Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I tried to read this to my toddler and she stuck out her tongue and blew raspberries all over it. So that's her opinion.
  • Tasia Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    Clearly explains when to use a loud or quiet voice, why we need to have a calm voice and what to do if you begin to get upset.
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