Teaching Assertive Anger Expression Skills to Kids
This past week, I had the sincere joy of Zooming with a Girl Scout troop from Orange County, CA. For just under an hour, we chatted and played games from my book, How to Be Angry, with the goal of helping the girls learn important concepts about anger such as:
- Anger is a normal emotion–a natural way of feeling in response to frustrating life events
- There’s nothing wrong with feeling angry at times. It’s how we express our anger that counts!
- Three Anger Expression Styles: Passive, Aggressive & Assertive…made MUCH more fun and relatable by teaching kids to identify styles according to their Spirit Animals, the turtle, the tiger, and the giraffe.
- How facial expressions and tone of voice impact the words we choose
- How to use I-Messages to express anger in honest, direct, straight-up ways without hurting or harming anyone else–just like a giraffe!
The workshop encouraged parents and kids to work together to learn and practice assertive expression styles. Here’s what some of the attendees had to say: