Educator Inspiration: A helpful story for children who are used to getting their own way

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Have you ever had a time where your child makes demands on you and if you don’t give in, threatens a tantrum or a meltdown?  

If you, like most parents of young children, have had this experience, this book by Helen Lester is for you too!


It begins…

“Pookins was used to getting her own way. 
If Pookins did not get her own way, she would 
Make Faces
Throw Apples
and Yell Very Loudly.” 


Sounds like a little girl I used to know.
(This girl will be 17 on New Years Eve!!!)


But it is the story of what happens to her that is truly wonderful.
It’s called Natural Consequence.
(I’ve a few creative ideas about natural, or ‘conscious consequences’ as I call them in my upcoming book.. won’t be long now)


There really is magic in this book and I strongly recommend it to anyone having difficulty with raising a child who has been spoiled or who just wants their own way all the time.  My experience has been that the children who ‘need’ a story like this will love the book so much they’ll ask for it again and again and again.


And in time, you might just see some behaviour change…
It’s that old thing of sometimes not being able to see our own behaviours until they are reflected back to us in some shape or form.  With little children, when it is not easy or appropriate to be pointing the finger at something we don’t like in their personality or are challenged by, a story can be a gentle ‘homeopathic remedy’ of sorts, kind of doing the job for us.


I like to take the gentle (but firm) route with parenting wherever possible and ‘helpful’ stories such as this one can help to support my parenting goals whilst still bringing a helpful level of awareness to the child.


And the best thing about this story, is that YOU will laugh!
I love Pookins. You might too.

5 Responses to “Educator Inspiration: A helpful story for children who are used to getting their own way”

  1. Dreamingaloudnet

    thanks for sharing, sounds like just what we need in our house right now! we are living under the tyrannical rule of a tempestuous 3 y-o

  2. Amber Greene

    Ahh, 3 year olds…. Yes, I understand. At times tyrannical, but really, I can’t resist this age and 4. It is my favourite time of their life! Everything is still so magical and the cynicism hasn’t arrived yet (hopefully)
    THe book is really worth a read. I love it. Ned loves it. and I can’t help but giggle when remembering my almost 17 year old as a young child. (This one hasn’t yet grown out of this stage!! She still wants to throw apples, make faces and YELL very loudly!!!)

  3. No fluff

    Sorry to pour a little cold water, would be great if the illustrations were not caricatures, one should always strive to show the nobility and dignity and essence of the subject matter, most particularly the human being. This is of utmost importance in children’s illustrations, otherwise, let them make their own pictures (of a real human) in their mind. But, only if you want them to be able to draw, of course. Also, the name is infantalising, language is equally as important.

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