How to Be Angry: Strategies to Help Kids Express Anger Constructively


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Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.
–Lyman Abbott


How to Be Angry is a complete social-emotional curriculum that provides step-by-step guidelines for educators, counselors, social workers, youth care professionals, and parents to help small groups of kids develop specific anger management and assertive emotional expression skills. Participants will learn specific skills such as:

  • Using I-Statements
  • Standing Up to Kids Who Bully
  • Disagreeing without Arguing
  • Making and Refusing Requests
  • Responding to Anger
  • Finding Win-Win Solutions
  • Regulating Emotional Responses

Engaging, hands-on activities and discussions are customized for children ages 5-18 in school, treatment, and recreational settings and help youth reflect on important topics such as:

  • Personal Anger Styles (Aggression, Passive Aggression and Passivity)
  • Choices in Anger Expression
  • Sensory-based Regulation Strategies
  • Public Faces vs. Private Realities
  • Body Language and Tone of Voice
  • Replacing Self-Defeating Patterns and Committing to Assertive Behaviors

Each session of How to Be Angry features a special “Suggestions for Customizing the Curriculum” section that provides ideas for adjusting the activities, discussions, and Weekly Journal topics to the age, ability, interests, and developmental needs of group participants.

The book is also accompanied by downloadable additional resources demonstrating the activities and offering adaptations for parents.

For information on bringing How to Be Angry workshops to your school or organization, please contact Signe via e-mail at


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