The anger thermometer is another tool to help kids who struggle with frustration and anger.
Kids are often unaware of what triggers their anger. That’s where this tool helps!
Use the anger thermometer to help your kids identify the actions, attitudes, and events that trigger their frustration. This also helps them identify and recognize the difference between irritated, frustrated, and angry.
The thermometer below is a tool to use with your kids; although you may even find it helpful for yourself!
You may find it most helpful to keep this chart on the fridge for a week and help your child add to it throughout the week as you or he notices different actions, words, or situations that affect his anger level.
Once the chart is filled out (or at the end of the week), talk about the chart.
- Did being mindful of how he was feeling help him stay in better control of his emotions?
- Can you identify a common cause or pattern of when these emotions grew?
- Discuss the specific situations in which your child felt these emotions. Use the “What’s behind the attitude” chart to help identify other emotions going on in those situations.
- What did he do that helped calm angry feelings or what could he do differently when he encounters those situations or feels those feelings rising?
- What’s the attitude, behavior or thoughts to “put off” and which need to be “put on”?
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