Anger can be a healthy reaction to inappropriate or unwanted events. Although I never condone hurting someone or breaking possessions during a fit of anger, I believe anger can be positive when expressed appropriately.
Alternatives for Expressing Anger
Offer the following alternatives to an angry child who hurts himself, others, or property. Say, It’s OK to be angry. I am not willing for you to hit but I am willing for you to show me how angry you are by _____. Explain a few methods such as the following ideas.
- Demonstrate anger with clay (kinesthetic).
- Draw a picture showing what the anger looks like (visual).
- Talk into a tape recorder to tell about the anger (auditory).
- Write and then destroy an anger letter (tactile).