I'm always on the hunt for good children's picture books about helping children managing anger and reduce out-of-control meltdowns. I absolutely adore this book I found called "Allie All Along", by Sarah Lynne Reul. This enjoyable read teaches coping skills and gently raises awareness of how a child's meltdowns impact others.
Not only is this book exciting and true to life, but it also models how to calm down through the patient and understanding character of young Allie's older brother, who seems to only be a few years older than her. The brother guides Ally through steps to calm down and manage her anger, until she feels like herself again.
So often a child's explosive anger impacts their family around them. I love how this book shows the brother's patient guidance for helping his young sister. In my work with children, I too act as a calm guide to help them learn to calm down -- and I teach these same tactics to their parents to use at home. Anger and frustration are a part of life, but learning ways to manage upset feelings without losing control will serve your child throughout their lifetime. (Learn how to guide your child toward calm with my Big Feelings Toolkit!)
Does your child get angry quickly, and struggle to calm down? Do you worry about their behavior, and feel guilty about not knowing how to help them, or how you might actually be a part of the issue? Does this angry behavior impact other people in your family, causing siblings or even you to be on get and walk on eggshells, unsure what will set your child off next? You are not alone, many families reach out to me to help them with just this issue in my counseling practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia (click to learn more about my counseling services!).
Do you want to learn simple tactics to help reduce angry meltdowns and help your child use their words to calm down, rather than scream, kick, or throw things? Do you feel worried or guilty about the current tension in your home and want to address the issue before it gets worse? Check out my Use Your Words Toolkit, designed to give parents simple but powerful tools to help their young children deal with Big Emotions.