20 Things You Can Say to Help an Angry Child

20 Things to 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 in a while, it feels like working with 1,500 other people’s kids isĀ easier than managing my own children…why is it any different? After all, I just said it shouldn’t matter…It all has to do with emotional investment. When we are overly invested emotionally, we take …

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Manners Matter: What Does the Fox Say Coloring Page Freebie and Activity Pack

Teaching children manners coloring page freebie

During a recent group session, I heard, “Mrs. Thomas, do you know what a fox says?” immediately followed by a chorus of “ring ding ding da ding ding ding” or something to that effect… It didn’t take my kiddos long to realize that I needed to be caught up to speed. “Mrs. Thomas you need to watch the fox song on Youtube.” Ummm…ok…   Honestly, I don’t get it. Maybe it’s a generational thing…However, given the way my students lit up just by the mention of the song I felt that I might be able to use their delight in …

Positive Behavior Support – International Baccalaureate Style

Catching students in the act of doing good deeds is an essential part of any positive behavior support (PBS) program. As a school counselor, I love seeing my students take action using the information from my classroom guidance lessons. Imagine how excited I was when I saw some of my 2nd graders in the hall working out an anti-bully skit in the morning and in the afternoon when I discovered some of my 4th graders making anti-bully posters? Yup! That’s the sweet spot!!! If only I could bottle that feeling up and whip it out during staff meetings… My school …