Grrr! What to do with those angry leftovers

Sometimes holiday gatherings can be stressful especially for kids.  Crowded rooms, loud voices, different smells, and having to share toys and our space with others can lead to angry feelings. It’s natural to feel angry, but it’s important for us to process it through and let it go. If you are looking for ways to help your child process that less than perfect family gathering this year, here are some of my favorites.

mean-soupMean Soup by Betsy Everitt

After the guests are gone and you start to think of turning leftovers into soup and but are still hanging on to  your angry feelings try a batch of mean soup!

A mother and her son boil a pot of soup pouring in a touch of salt and then begin to shout into their soup all of their mean and angry words.  Letting it all out can be a great release.  I think this is a perfect starter recipe to leftover turkey soup don’t you?




When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang

This was always one of my favorites to read to my children as a young mother.  After all we all have those moments when we feel angry, really really angry!

Follow along with Sophie on her great angry adventure as she processes her feelings on her own then returns home to the familiar loving and warm feelings of home.





Meanie Head by Bruce Eric Kaplan

Sibling rivalry driving you crazy?  Enjoy this staff favorite read aloud together as a whole family.

Henry and Eve’s battle over a toy snowballs into a global explosion!  Thankfully everyone settles down in the end and all is right with the world.  Enjoy a spoonful of sugar as the medicine goes down with this hilarious tale  of feuding siblings.





Dealing with Feeling Angry by Isabel Thomas

Looking for a more academic and direct approach? This a fabulous short and simple selection from our non-fiction collection on how to help children handle their feelings of anger. A very brief  paragraph on each page goes over what causes feelings of anger, different ways people express it, and healthy ways to help deal with it in ourselves as well as others.  It’s a great therapeutic reminder for us as adults too!




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