Of Course It's a Big Deal!

A Story about Learning to React Calmly and Appropriately to Disappointments and Difficult Situations

Author: Bryan Smith
Illustrator: Lisa M. Griffin
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Self-control is the ability to regulate one's emotions, thoughts, and behavior and to keep one's cool in the face of disappointment. But when children don't get what they want or expect, they often get upset and angry. Reacting calmly and appropriately during these times is an important skill for children to learn and use to be successful at home, school, and with others. 

Braden has a history of having a huge reaction to even minor misunderstandings and annoyances in his life! What was supposed to be a carefree afternoon of go-cart racing and putt-putt golfing quickly turns sour when Braden learns he’s not tall enough to drive a go-cart by himself. He shouts and pouts about the rules—and laments the fact that his parents and teachers just don’t get it and seem to have forgotten what it’s like to be a kid.

When homework interferes with Braden's plans, he overreacts again, and makes things even more difficult on himself. But Mom and Dad are there to teach Braden the four steps  to reacting calmly. Using strategies to stay calm will help Braden use his energy to solve problems and think more rationally about a situation – even a major disappointment.  

Will Braden learn to follow the four steps? Will he be able to keep his cool in the face of disappointment? Or will discouraging moments continue to send him into an emotional meltdown? Find out what lessons are learned in this fast-paced story about the perils of overreacting and losing self-control. This is Bryan Smith's third title in the Executive FUNction book series. Tips for parents and educators are included at the end to help set children up for success by reacting calmly and appropriately when upset or angry. 31 pgs.

Extend the learning with Four Downloadable Activities! Help reinforce the steps taught from the story with a Poster!

The Executive FUNction series also include:

Published by Boys Town Press 

ISBN: 978-1-944882-11-2