The following web pages may also be of interest:
- Women's and Children's Health Network, Anger - helping your child to manage it
- Women's and Children's Health Network, Anger
- Women's and Children's Health Network
The following resources have been compiled for parents, carers and school staff who may be seeking further information about children and anger. A range of resources have been included but the list is not exhaustive. Since materials have been selected to represent differing perspectives, inclusion of a particular item on the list should not be taken as endorsement by KidsMatter.
Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service
Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service provides information for parents and carers on a large variety of child health and development topics, including material for parents and carers on helping children manage anger.
Kids’ Health by the Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service provides high quality information for kids on a wide range of issues that have been identified by children as important. It is also a great resource for parents and carers to use with their kids and to gain insight into topics that are important to children, including:
Information specifically for parents and carers
Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network is a national website aimed at helping families care for children has a concise and clearly written article on talking through angry feelings with children.
Mark Le Messurier
Mark Le Messurier is an Australian teacher and author. His website provides valuable information on children’s anger. His article 'Angry Children, Worried Parents: Helping Families Manage Anger' includes a 6 step process parents and carers can use to help their child with anger management.
Books for parents and carers
The following book contains further information on keeping a balance:
Gerhardt, S. (2004). Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain. London and New York: Routledge.
Angry children, worried parents: Seven steps to help families manage anger. This book provides a step-by-step anger management process parents and carers can use with children aged 4 to 14. By S. Goldstein, R. Brooks, & S. K. Weiss. (2004). North Branch, MN: Specialty Press Inc.
Helping your angry child: A workbook for you and your family. This workbook teaches parents and carers skills to help their children deal with anger and includes numerous games and activities that can be used with children. By D. G. Nemeth, K. D. Ray, & M. M. Schexnayder. (2003). Oaklands, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
When I’m feeling angry. Written by an Australian Psychologist, this book is ideal for use with younger primary aged children. By T. Moroney. (2005). Rowville: Five Mile Press.
I feel angry. This book is one of a set of picture books aimed at children 5 - 8 years that examine childhood emotions. By B. Moses, & M. Gordon. (2001). London, UK: Hodder & Stoughton Childrens.
A volcano in my tummy: Helping children to handle anger. This workbook is designed to help children aged 6 to 13 to deal constructively with anger. By E. Whitehouse, & W. Pudney. (1996). BC, Canada: New Society Publishers.
Centre for Community Child Health
The Centre for Community Child Health supports and empowers communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing. It operates clinical services, research and programs. See 'Childcare and Children's Health' for a range of resources and publications.The following articles on a range of issues relevant to helping children keep a balance are available:
- Responsive caregiving for infants
- The social baby
- Centre for Community Child Health
- Childcare and Children's Health
Kidscount, developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation, is a website for parents and carers that provides useful information about supporting children’s development in a range of languages, including information on ‘Children’s fears and anxieties’.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is USA based organisation. Its 80,000 members are teachers, administrators, parents, educators and policy makers. Young Children is a peer-reviewed professional journal published bimonthly by the NAEYC with useful and practical articles to assist families and staff care and educate young children. You will find articles on a range of issues relevant to children’s development including:
- Florez, I. R. (2011) Developing Young Children’s Self-Regulation through Everyday Experiences, p.5
- Gillespie, L. G., Seibel, N. L. (2006) Self-Regulation: A Cornerstone of Early Childhood Development:
KidsMatter Programs Guide
The KidsMatter Programs Guide provides information on school based social and emotional learning programs. Each program provides detailed teacher resources for use in the classroom. Many programs provide information for parents and carers as well.
Anger management: A practical guide for teachers, parents and carers
Anger management: A practical guide for teachers, parents and carers. This book outlines whole-school, classroom and individual level strategies for anger management. It also has a section for parents and carers. By A. Faupel., E. Herrick, & P. Sharp. (1998). London, UK: David Fulton Publishers.
Angry and aggressive children
Rogers, B. (2001). Angry and aggressive children. Classroom, 21 (7) 22-23. This concise article outlines constructive ways that teaching staff can manage children’s anger in the classroom. Articles in Classroom magazine can be freely accessed through libraries that subscribe to the Australian Education Index database.
Resources for use with children
Embrace the Future
Embrace the Future provides quality information on a range of social and emotional skills in primary school aged children for parents, carers and teaching staff. Information and games suitable for kids on the topic of anger is available on the kids’ site.