Anger is an emotion! Being able to express it in a healthy way is tough for our kids to learn. As parents, we’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve been called by your child’s teacher about an outburst in class, or had to take your kiddo home early from a classmate’s birthday party because she couldn’t get along with other kids.
You’re not alone. There are ways to address anger and teach kids to manage it. Some of our favorite books to help kids navigate emotions are from A Mighty Girl.
For Ages 6-12
For elementary school-aged kids, we love the book “What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kids’ Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger” by Dawn Huebner.
Illustrated by Bonnie Matthews, this book is interactive and features step-by-step instructions to “douse” anger.
This book uses cognitive-behavioral techniques to help kids cool their tempers. If your kid’s temper quickly flares, or their anger gets too hot, too fast, this book is for you.
The result? Calmer, more effective kids.
For Ages 8-12
“How to Take the GRRR Out of Anger” by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis speaks directly to kids. We love this book because it talks to kids about how anger is normal, and how to recognize the signs of it to help them think about poor decisions anger can lead to.
Guided techniques show your tween how to calm down when they first start to feel angry, as well as when they’re in the thick of it.
This edition has been updated to address social media and exposure to violence in society.
For Ages 13 and Up
Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, a Licensed Professional Counselor, wrote “The Anger Workbook for Teens” to help teenagers dive deeper into their anger.
This book features worksheets meant to be completed daily. Teens will learn to identify their anger triggers, notice how they react, and get it under control.
What we appreciate most about this book is that it guides our teens to calm their feelings and treat others more sensitively.