Young children can erupt like little volcanoes when they are feeling angry. It can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with, and can produce angry feelings in the parent or caregiver too.
This book is packed with advice and strategies for those working with children under five on how to understand and manage anger in children, and also how to help their parents or caregivers to deal with anger. The authors outline the different reasons children may feel angry so that their emotions can be fully understood, and offer strategies to combat negative feelings and minimize outbursts. These include putting in place behavioural boundaries and helping a child to feel secure. Simple activities and exercises are also given to help children and adults to express their anger positively. In addition, a selection of poems and stories will help adults to pass on the lessons of the book to children.
This practical and accessible book will be of essential use to any professional helper of parents and young children such as early childhood educators, caregivers and social workers, as well as to parents themselves.
Warwick Pudney is a social ecologist and relationship therapist who has spent the last 25 years working with men, couples and families in New Zealand. He specializes in the areas of anger, abusive behaviour, men's welfare and parenting. He is a lecturer at AUT University in Auckland and writes and gives workshops and training courses in his chosen fields. Eliane Whitehouse was a primary school teacher and psychotherapist for more than 25 years. As a therapist she specialized in family relationships and 'Happier Parenting' courses. She also published novels for children. Together they are the authors of A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger and Adolescent Volcanoes: Helping Adolescents and their Parents to Deal with Anger.
Foreword. Preface. 1. Beginning at the Beginning: Understanding Child Development and the Needs of Babies and Small Children. 2. The Lives of Children: How They Experience the World and How It Impacts on Them. 3. Skills for Caring for the Angry Child. 4. Identifying and Understanding Angry Behaviour. 5. Calming Angry Children: Ideas for Safe Anger Expression. 6. Responding Well to Expressed Anger. 7. Special Situations which Provoke Anger. 8. Responding to Anger in Early Childhood Education and Childcare Settings. 9. Understanding the Influence of Parents and Parenting. 10. Engaging with Fathers. 11. Stories and Poems about Anger. Key Concepts. Some Questions You Might Ask. About the Authors. References. Further Reading. Index.