How to save the dragon: Children’s book for teaching impulse control

How to save the dragon Children’s book for teaching impulse control by Madeleine MatthewsTeach impulse control to your little ones with one of the best impulse control books for kids.

Embrace a science-based, yet practical and kid friendly approach to influence children’s behavior and reaction to everyday situations.

Imagine your kids reacting calmly when asked to put an item down in the grocery store, to go home from the playing field when asked and generally to understand the situation and not react impulsively.

Say yes to a beautifully illustrated story-based impulse control book that will aid to:

– improved children’s impulse control
– better kid’s self-regulation
– better understanding of everyday situations
– more fun and mindful parenting

What’s this impulsivity book for kids based on?

This kids impulse control and children behavior book is written based on the interpersonal biology, attachment parenting psychology, and no-drama discipline and it is written in verse. The story explains the benefits of brain integration and celebrates the role of connection with the primary caregiver.

Also, this impulsivity book for kid helps with your conscious parenting effort, by offering a scientific perspective on temper tantrums. The story line supports mindful parenting by explaining what happens during a tantrum.


Wrinkles is an adorable and well balanced elephant, and Flappy is a cute and energetic dragon who live together in wondrous world, filled with mysteries. They are special in their own way and they have super-powers. When the alarm gets triggered, Wrinkles and Flappy get separated, and their mission is in jeopardy.

How it works?

Through these characters, this story helps children to learn about their brain, to understand their brain dynamic during a challenging situation whey big emotions are involved and a technique of integrating the ‘upstairs brain’ with the ‘down stairs brain’ which becomes the brain game for kids calm.

In this book, you will learn the two secrets that brought Flappy & Wrinkles back together, and helped them accomplish their mission.

What is the message in this children’s behavior book?

A message for the parents: children’s brains are developing and during this time, they learn everything, including how to deal with emotions. Learning and growth can only happen once the need for safety is fulfilled.

Big emotions that arise everyday are not a palpable thing, but they are perceived and felt as a very real threat. This is why kids need help in learning how to deal with ‘big emotional situations’

How can this book help?

It is easier for children to create coping strategies, when they have some practical things to represent abstract notions. So children will get in touch with their more evolved part of their brain, symbolically embodied by Wrinkles; they will get to know his strengths and howto tap into this resource (an oversimplification of the prefrontal cortex).

Second, children will learn that they also hold a marvelous part of the brain, symbolically represented by Flappy, aka the reptilian brain, primarily concerned with survival.

The story line gets them separated (this is when the alarm happens); and this happens to children and parents every day: when leaving the park, when not getting the second ice-cream, when the favorite pajamas are not available etc. You know it! This story gets to see behind the scenes of a temper tantrum.

This book will enable you to look at the situation from another angle: the benefits of brain integration.

The dialog between Wrinkles and Flappy is intended to create the habit of digging deeper into finding out what happened and telling the story.

Lyrics are a fun way for children remember to ‘tell the story’ so that they learn to process events and emotions. And the beauty of it all – with practice, Wrinkles only gets stronger, which means your child improves in self-regulation!

Amazon Reviews:

The book starts with a cute story, then moves on to practical advice, a “how to” guide that helps you see the signs and ask the right questions. You can then fill in the blanks based on your experience with your child in order to have your own personalised guide. Very fun and practical! – Christine Abrudan

I read this to my 3 y/o and he immediately related to the little dragon who was having a hard time. We both loved he illustrations, and I thought it was smart to create a symbol for a tantrum – the alarm. The best lesson for me in this book is that I can help my kid if he is having a meltdown by focusing on empathizing with him first, so give a hug, or something and then helping him identify what he is feeling. A simple strategy I hope will help him when times get tough. – ticudean radu

I liked that the book is based on scientific facts about brain development. When reading this book I was quickly reminded of parenting courses and books where I learned about the amygdala and the role of the prefrontal cortex. This book is great as it provides a beautiful way to explain to my daughter the fact that sometimes she might overreact and how to identify these situations and to control her actions. And also that we (her parents) will always love and help her. – Silviu Niculita

I love that the story was written in prose. It seemed to be written just as much for the parent as the child. The illustrations are captivating and depict the storyline very well making it easy for my younger boy (6 yrs) to follow, even when some of the vocab was beyond his scope. After the story, there are awareness activities that are simple and fun for the parent and child to better learn to recognize their power in managing emotions and making sound decisions. Definitely a book you can enjoy reading many times. – Kenzie

I read a lot of parenting books, but to read this story about “how to save the dragon” – it was very refreshing to have the essence, compressed and delivered in way that can be absorbed by children. I loved the reference to a ‘puzzle’, just because it is a reminder of how to deal with the day to day frustrations. Also I think it is one of the few stories on anger management for kids, where the emotion itself portrayed in an accepting way (as opposed to it being a monster). Images are so authentic, you can see they were hand drwan, and not cluttered. Recommend. – Bogdan Pop

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