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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Does Your Child Have Anger Issues?
Children as well as adults will feel different emotions at one time or another. Anger is an emotion that children need to learn how to deal with. If it is not dealt with, it can carry over into their adult life.
Can you envision what an angry child looks likes? Have you sometimes observed small children playing? Possibly when one gets mad, that child may decide to hit the other out of anger. Learning to deal with this anger is something that they need to be taught.
I happen to stumble across this site angriesout.com. I really like the suggestions that Lynne Namka, Ed.D makes for children to get their mad out. Some of the things she suggested was to check your tummy, jaws, and your fists, see if the mads are coming, stop and think, make a good choice, remember to use your firm words not your fists, use a strong voice and say, “I feel mad when you ________.”and there were several more things she talked about. This is so good for children and even adults could learn from this as well.
The Mad Family Gets Their Mads out: Lynne Namka, Ed. D.
Okay to be Mad
Erin at realmoms.com talks about how it is okay to be angry and the importance of not hiding your emotion from your children. How many times have you been angry and when someone asked you if you were angry, you denied it and said, “Everything is okay.?” Erin further adds that she has an anger box in her classroom. When children are feeling angry and upset they can go to the box that is filled with various calming and coping items which will allow the child to identify the emotion, regain control, and develop healthy coping skills. I really like this concept. Some of the items she suggest to put in this box are foam ball, small pillow, bubble wrap, play-dough, or a small mirror. Possibly you can think of some things that you might want to add to your angry box. I really like having a mirror in the box, because then the child can view their facial expression. When we get angry, our expression usually shows it.
Bedtime Meditations for Kids (Calm for Kids)
Did you know that there is an actual app for calming children when they are angry? This app is an audio and video tool developed for children with autism, but I can see how any child that has an anger problem could benefit from it. It has a social story with it and it only sells for $2.99. it is available in the Apple.com store.
Rules for Getting Your Mads Out
It's OK to be Angry: Teaching Your Preschooler About Emotions
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