Books on Discipline

Beek, R. (2011). I Find it so Hard. Bermuda: Island Press.

In this book of a mother's discipline based on the lives of the author’s three children, Beek attempts to use her words and daily lessons to assist her children in overcoming triumphs and obstacles faced daily. By using her lessons and daily words, the poem helps the children to maintain discipline when they “find it so hard”.

As a mother of four with over 30 years of writing experience, Beek is well prepared to be an advocate for discipline based off of her 24 years of motherhood. The author is forthcoming with the use of Adinkra symbols, which help to encourage parents to communicate effectively with their children. Beek’s book is progressive and effective in successfully exploring open communication as effective form of discipline.

Mulderig, E. (2013). Bermuda’s Bum Bum Bananas Oh! Do Mind Your Manner!  South Korea: Starr Publishing.

In this interactive picture book, the fictional animal characters explore Bermuda and learn how to use good manners and demonstrate good behavior. The reoccurring passage in the book reiterates the importance of good manners helping children to subconsciously explore their morals and values while discovering well-known sites on the island with Do-Boy, Bum Bum Bananas and friends. As the group of friends travel around the island they start to become very unhappy with Bum Bum Bananans and her terrible manners. Eventually she realizes that she must change her behavior for her to become more liked among her peers. She decided to use her manners thus allowing the group to get along much better. 

The reoccurring themes of the book which demonstrate to the readers the importance of using their manner manifest in a child friendly manner. I think at a young age children have big imaginations and can relate to fictional characters that have fun names. Young children will enjoy the pictures and characters so much that learning to use your manners may become a fun task rather than a bountiful lesson. As I strongly believe it is important to use your manners at all times, this is a book that I would use as a fun twist on such an important topic.​

Beek, R. (2013). Mommy Says! Moja Co. Productions.

The title of this short story is Mommy Says! The author is Rosheena Beek. This children’s book is written by a Bermudian author who wrote it in mirroring of her daughter and her sons. This children’s book is about teaching and guiding children why it is good to listen to their parents. The speaker is stating the negative behavior and then the consequences that her mother told her would occur if she did not listen. The purpose of this short story is to display effective discipline through effective communication skills. A lot of times children do not listen to adults because of the ineffective ways of communication. However, in Mommy Says! Instead of the speaker giving orders to her children she uses respect. She also helps her children to understand and accept limits. The author also helps her children to make real life connections with what she is trying to inforce. For example, the speaker says “When a bully knocks me over, I find it so hard not to fight. But Mommy says, “Two wrings never make a right. (p.7)” These types of comments help children to construct morals and values because they are learning through experience to construct their own right or wrong with guidance.

Mommy Says is a good short story. Reading this book made me reflect on how I should talk to young children. It also made me realize how important it is to have effective communication skills. I like how the author reinforces that positive adult examples result in more positive child behaviors.  M. Fields, P. Merrit and D. Felids (2006) state, “Speaking to children with respect, as you would expect to do with adults, can be a helpful guide” (165). Overall I enjoyed reading this short story; children can utilize it to enhance their understanding on positive decision making. I think that it is an excellent resource for parents and educators to remind them how important communication is.

 Fields, M. V., & Fields, D. (2006). Constructive guidance and discipline: Preschool and primary education. City, state: Prentice Hall.