Zach and his family go to the beach, but Zach is having a lousy day. First, he dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. Then his best friend went to someone else’s birthday party instead of joining him. But most frustrating of all, he can’t get his kite to fly! Zach kicks sand, yells angry words, and asks his dad if they can just go home.
Instead, his dad teaches him a simple, three-step approach to get a handle on frustration and find a way to enjoy himself even when things aren’t going his way: (1) name it (why are you frustrated?); (2) tame it (self-regulation exercises such as deep breathing or visualization); (3) reframe it (change your thoughts to change your feelings). Zach Gets Frustrated teaches children social skills they will easily understand and remember. The three-point strategy is presented as the three corners of a triangle and is illustrated using the corners of Zach’s kite.
Praise for Zach Gets Frustrated
“A handy resource for any parent who has a child that gets frustrated easily.”—Lori Calabrese, children’s book reviewer
“This is such a helpful resource to the students in my school. Zach Gets Frustrated teaches children frustration doesn’t need to ruin their day and it can even be channeled into something positive if they take the time to understand it. The frustration triangle technique is a new discovery for me and it’s definitely going to have an impact.”—Roxanne Davidson, M.Ed., school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog
“Suitable for classroom sharing or independent reading.”—School Library Journal
“Not only do the [Zach Rules] books discuss problems most youngsters have, they also give concrete strategies for solving them.”—Growing Book by Book
“Zach’s feelings are widely recognizable and will be familiar to readers. McKee’s brightly colored digital illustrations . . . do a good job of supporting the text and helping to teach the material. [T]his new series is a useful tool for teaching valuable skills.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The Zach Rules series does an impressive job covering the issues of anger and frustration—and the consequences that come with acting on them—in child-friendly terms. These books are a must-read for parents, educators, grandparents, and anyone who cares about helping young people become responsible, resilient, and compassionate human beings. I highly recommend this series.”—Barbara Coloroso, best-selling author of Kids Are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline
“Zach does rule—these books are fun! They make important life skills easy to understand and do, and kids will get such a kick out of Zach, they won’t even know they’re learning.”—Dr. Michele Borba, parenting expert and author of No More Misbehavin’ and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions
“William Mulcahy’s Zach Gets Frustrated offers great tips and tools for coping with and overcoming frustration. I wish I had this when I was a kid!”—Trudy Ludwig, best-selling author of Better Than You
Download the teacher’s guide and a worksheet from the book.
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