Tag: Anger Management

  • 20 Things You Can Say to Help an Angry Child

    20 Things You Can Say to Help an Angry Child

    So what do you say to an angry child? Does it matter if the child is your client, student, or your own offspring? Do you find yourself reacting differently depending on who is in emotional distress? It really shouldn’t matter, but all too often it does. I speak from experience on this one! Every once…

  • 18 Coping Skills: Strategies for Children and Teens

    18 Coping Skills: Strategies for Children and Teens

    Coping skills have been a pretty popular topic for discussion over on The Helpful Counselor Facebook Page. So many great ideas were shared that I thought it would be good to write a coping skills blog post to have them in one place. ­čÖé Here are some of the great coping skill strategies (in no…

  • Make Your Anger Walk the Plank: An Anger Management Game & Free Behavior Chart

    Many of the students on my caseload have a difficult time managing their anger and making positive choices. One of my FAVORITE parts of being an elementary counselor is that I get to use fun play therapy activities to help teach new skills! Several of my kindergartners and 1st graders LOVE pirates…hmmm…sounds like a great…

  • Emotional Baggage – Free Printable

    It can be very difficult for children (and adults) to let go of past hurts. Hanging onto negative thoughts and feelings towards others can make us feel isolated and overwhelmed by negative emotions. Many of my students hang onto a lot of “emotional baggage” which in turn hinders their ability to move forward, creates distorted…

  • Free Anger Management Printable Activity

    Free Anger Management Printable Activity

    Anger management can be difficult for many children. Engaging students in a hands-on activity is a great way to redirect their focus. Coloring and cutting out the following Anger Gage is a productive diversion that allows the child to validate how they are feeling, as well as determine the intensity of their anger.┬á Typically, I…

  • 11 Strategies to Use with Strong-Willed Children

    I’m super excited to have Colleen, from the One Stop Counseling Shop, stopping by The Helpful Counselor to share┬ástrategies to use when working with a strong-willed (or defiant) child. Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Colleen and I’m a school social worker in a small rural district in Illinois. My caseload…

  • 35 Simple Ways You Can Help an Angry Kid

    35 Simple Ways You Can Help an Angry Kid

    Anger is a very common emotion. We all feel angry at different times in our lives, but did you know that anger is a secondary emotion? Anger is a mask we wear to cover an emotion that makes us feel vulnerable. Many children confuse anger with feeling powerful and in control. Take the following example:…

  • 75 Reasons Behind Your Child’s Anger

    75 Reasons Behind Your Child’s Anger

    “I don’t know how you do it.” <- A phrase I often hear after responding to a call to help an angry child who is throwing desks across the room or displaying some other type of aggressive behavior. The answer is simple: It’s not personal. As long as care is taken to not aggravate their…

  • Anger Management Activity: Free Problem Solving Cards

    Anger Management Activity: Free Problem Solving Cards

    I work with angry kids every day I go to work (and sometimes at home with my own 3 kiddos). We all feel anger. Anger is not bad in of itself; it’s what we do when we are angry that matters. Anger is a secondary emotion that is displayed in an effort to protect the…

  • 10 Great Books to Help Angry Kids

    I confess: I’m a book addict. I blame it on my mom. She always had a book in her hand. When I was young, trips to the library was as common as trips to the grocery store. My mom’s love of books was infectious. I was hooked young and there is no hope of rehabilitation.…