Being a parent is not easy, especially in the first few years, when you have to come up with different methods to explain your children how they should behave in certain circumstances, and why something is good or bad. Children tend to be very emotional, and they usually express their feelings in a loud and determined way. Oftentimes, they might not be sure why they feel the way they do, and don’t know how to react or let their parents know about their emotions. So, how do you help a child deal with anger, sadness, disappointment, or even happiness? Author and Mental Health Counselor Esther Adler brings to teachers and parents one of the best tools to use in these complex situations: the ColorFeelingTM series.
The first book in this brilliant series is “Angry: Helping Children Cope with Anger”. The title says it all: this adorable book with brightly colored illustrations will help children recognize and understand the feeling of anger. It will also help parents, teachers, and counselors better explain to the little ones how they should deal with anger in such a way that it doesn’t hurt them or the ones around them. It’s only natural for children to have problems with recognizing, processing, and expressing their feelings, and this can get even worse with strong, overwhelming feelings such as anger.
The author chose a very simple, yet effective method to make children understand what anger is: the feeling is associated with a color, red in this case, and an animal character. Thus, children will be able to associate the abstract emotion of anger with something they can understand and conceptualize. Then, anger is described in terms of the physical changes that it causes, and the book also gives examples of situations that might make a child feel angry. Finally, at the end of the book there are interactive exercises and worksheets that encourage children to express their feelings, describe them, and discuss them in order to find the best solutions to cope with them.
“Angry: Helping Children Cope with Anger” is perfect for children up to 7 years old, as the lovely illustrations will immediately get their attention, and the simple, yet engaging story will lead them to a deep message that will help them understand why they need to control their anger. The next books in the ColorFeelingTM series focus on other important feelings, and parents and teachers might want to have the entire collection for their children.
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