Can I stop my child from tantrumming?
My three-year-old would tantrum every time I asked her to clean up.
Sometimes I would give-in and let her keep playing (even though we really needed to go grocery shopping.)
Other times, I listened to her ear-piercing screams as I cleaned up the toys myself. I was frustrated, tired and unsure of what to do....until I discovered Soothing Sammy.
Yesterday, she was playing in the sandbox when I asked her to clean up and come inside for lunch. I froze as her fists tightened and her nose cringed. The screaming was about to begin.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw Soothing Sammy and thought, "It's worth a try!"
I said "Sammy Time" and immediately, she took a deep breath and walked over to the Sammy house she built.
She remembered what she read in the Sammy story. She used the items in the box to calm down and gave the soft Sammy plush dog a big squeeze.
I could tell that she was thinking. She looked at me and said, "Okay. Can I play again after lunch?"
Shocked, I said "Yes!" and quietly thanked Soothing Sammy for teaching her how to calm down and talk to me instead of tantrum!
This is a true story from Ashlie!
Your Child Can:
* Calm down (instead of scream).
* Communicate their feelings (instead of give dirty looks).
* Solve the problem (instead of stomp away).
"Before we got Sammy, my daughter became very emotional when she was upset. Then the magic happened... I introduced her to Soothing Sammy and now, just by saying "Sammy Time," she calms down by herself, without me intervening. (As a mom of three this is huge!) It's so wonderful to have more positive interactions with my daughter again!" - Jennifer
Prevent Tantrums in 4 Simple Steps:
1. Read Sammy Children's Book
In the story, children visit Sammy, a golden retriever, who shows them how to calm down using typical household items (such as a ball to squeeze or a washcloth to dampen.)
2. Build Sammy's House
Use the shipping box to decorate a "Sammy house" for Sammy, the plush dog. Fill it with items discussed in the children's book that you can find around your home.
3. Create Sammy's Corner
Use the PDF printouts to create a "Sammy Time" spot for your new Sammy house. Redirect your child to visit Sammy and his home when they need to calm down.
4. Play Feelings Activities
These playful activities teach feelings words so children can communicate how they feel. Also included are behavior tips with ideas on how to respond to children's BIG emotions.
IT REALLY WORKS!!
"I've never seen my son calm down so fast. It was a major improvement for us. Thank you!!!
Why Does Soothing Sammy Work?
Hi, my name is Jeana Kinne, the author of Soothing Sammy. I received my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and have worked with toddlers, preschoolers and their families for over 18 years! As a Preschool Teacher, I know how frustrating it is when your little one boards the train to meltdown city.
I created Soothing Sammy so children could learn how to manage their feelings in a positive way, in the way they learn the best! Children learn best when they can see, hear and touch something! Sammy's multi-sensory approach to learning makes it easy for toddlers and preschoolers to remember calm down skills!
When children see and hear the Sammy story, they will remember what calm down items are used for. When they put their own items in the house, they feel like they are in control of their own calm down techniques.
For the past 3 years, Soothing Sammy has been used at home and in schools to teach children how to calm down in a positive way by teaching children how to take a break, calm down, communicate their feelings and problem solve.
Next time your child is upset, ask them, "Do you need some Sammy Time?" and watch their eyes light up as they race to get support from Sammy and his house.
"Soothing Sammy is such a great idea! I've only had it about a week, but my 3 year old took to the method immediately.
I also love the resources that complement it. It helps her understand emotions and how to properly express them.
"Soothing Sammy" is great for EVERY family!"
- Michelle (mother of 3 year old)
1. Children's Book - The colorful photos and simple story is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary aged children.
2. Soothing Sammy Plush Dog (Golden Retriever) - Meets and exceeds all US safety Standards for children ages 2 years old and up.It's machine washable and measures 11.5" x 3.5" x 10"
3. Sammy Music (MP3 Version): Enjoy 3 Sammy Songs that teach your children that Sammy is their friend!
4.Emotions & Feelings Activity Book - Teaches children how to identify feelings in themselves and others through play. It also includes learning games and activities that support positive experiences during everyday routines (shopping, cleaning, eating, etc.)
5. Soothing Sammy Curriculum E-Book (Digital PDF) - Introduce Sammy to children in a way they will remember what it is for. Includes Sammy corner print-outs, coloring pages and sensory activities.
How Does Our Sensory System Calm Kids Down?
Imagine you're at the very end of your workday and you are late picking up your child from daycare.
Your boss hands you a file that needs IMMEDIATE attention and he won't take no for an answer.
Your heart starts to race because if you don't pick up Charlotte from daycare in 10 minutes, you will get stuck with the $25 late charge and that dreaded phone call from her annoyed teacher.
You scramble to call your mother-in-law to see if she can pick her up.
You want to scream, but you don't.
When your child has a meltdown, they are feeling the same way.
But .... you didn't yell and bite your boss.
Instead, you were able to come up with a solution. You found someone to pick up your child while sipping your green smoothie in hopes to calm your nerves.
So why is your child flailing on the floor?
Over your lifetime, you learned how to calm down!
Humans are not born with the skills to process our emotions properly.
Did you know that over 90 different emotions have been identified?
A 3 year old has between 300-500 words.
Should we expect our kids to identify and describe all of their feelings?
Ninety emotion words is one quarter of their total vocabulary!
And here is the other issue: the part of our brain in charge of problem solving (the prefrontal cortex) isn't fully developed until we are 25 years old!
Children are still learning how to manage their emotions, problem solve and communicate their feelings.
Teaching them simple calm down and problem solving skills is a must.
More importantly, we need to teach our young kids how to use these skills in a way they understand.
For only $49.99, your child can learn how to calm down without throwing a tantrum!
Yes, you heard that right!
For less then the cost of a casual meal out, Soothing Sammy will teach your child these important skills through hands-on, engaging activities.
You Now Have A Choice:
You can continue to live on the edge, waiting for your child to have their next tantrum.
You can buy Soothing Sammy right now, for less than the cost of a new outfit, a program that will teach your child calm down skills that will help them throughout their entire lives!
As a BONUS, your child will learn Kindergarten Readiness concepts while completing the Soothing Sammy Activity Guide!
What if your child could tell you why they feel upset instead of screaming and crying?
THEY LEARN SO FAST!
"We put together Sammy’s House and I’m so excited to have tools on hand and a plan for my boys when their emotions are out of control.As a matter of fact, just tonight, my 2 year old was getting upset because he was having a hard time climbing onto a chair and felt "stuck." My 6 year old ran over to him with the family photo from Sammy's house and said: "Here brother! Do you want to look at this picture and calm down?"I can already tell this program is going to be a hit!"
Are you ready?
About the Author:
I received my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and have spent over 16 years of experience working in a variety of positions within the Early Childhood field.
I have worked as a Parent Educator, Preschool Director, and currently work with children with special needs.
My goal is to provide families with solutions to common parenting concerns.
Sammy, a golden retriever, was inspired by my sweet golden retriever, Kona.