Stories for anger management
This chapter describes that the story of Pele the Fire Child allows anger to be expressed in socially acceptable ways; it also sets limits on anti-social behaviour. There are many reasons why children feel angry. For example, it can be about abuse, bullying, unfairness, or resentment. Children may feel angry about new siblings having more attention, or parents separating, or moving house and losing friends. Anger usually has various threads and there may also be fear or isolation and loneliness. Anger can also be about unfocused energy which can be channelled into various sports, drama games, physical theatre or difficult walks in the countryside. Children need to internalise boundaries to their anger before it turns into violence. The chapter presents worksheets that will help children to acknowledge, express and understand anger.