Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What Angry Kids Need-Book Review

51E6O2WW6WL_SL500_BO2204203200_PIsi.jpgThe book "What Angry Kids Need", by Jennifer Brown, MSW and Pam Hopkins, MSW provides parents with an easy to read book, offering ideas tips, and guides to help parents struggling to communicate with their ‘angry’ child.

Jennifer Brown and Pam Hopkins years of experience in treatment programs for children with intense emotions offer parents hope in parenting challenging children. The book is a great reference tool to keep on hand, while helping parents implement skills and methods for dealing with anger management. If you need a parenting manual, this is a must read book for anyone seeking ideas and answers while dealing with difficult children.

Anyone who is in education, foster parenting, a stepparent or a single parent would greatly benefit from reading this book. All parents and caregivers will benefit by applying the skills learned and taught in the book through examples and questionnaires, along with examples of others.

Some of the activities include assessing the parent/caregivers anger, by determining their anger management skills. Through doing this parents will realize how hard it is for children, who do not have the social skills, emotional development and language skills to express their emotions. Therefore, when dealing with children who have anger issues, parents and caregivers must remember the age of the child, the maturity of the child and how best to meet the needs of the child based on those criteria.

The book helps parents to realize various skills and strategies, which include teaching your child to learn words that express their feelings. Teaching children, particularly toddlers and preschoolers, to use emotion words (such as mad, sad, hurt) to express them self is important in language and emotional development. These children do not have the language and emotional development to ask for something clearly or do not always have the vocabulary to express their thoughts and emotions. Other skills cover problem-solving strategies, encouraging children to get their emotions under control, self-nurturing strategies, communication skill building, developing limits and non-negotiable rules and using time-outs as a positive rather than a punishment.

While not all methods and options provided in the book will work with all children and in every situation, the practical examples provided in this book will help enlighten parents and help families develop a plan to take action. Some of the tools and strategies suggested include anger management, conflict management, expressing feelings, parent-guided problem solving and providing children with natural and logical consequences while enforcing non-negotiable rules.

Whether your child simply needs to learn how to express himself better, or how to deal with disappointment this book offers parents strategies to help improve your home environment and quality of life. In addition, should your child and family require more extensive support the book also encourages parents to seek professional help. "What Angry Kids Need", also offers a list of signs to watch out for, when determining if your child has a serious emotional problem that should be assessed by a professional. In addition, “What Angry Kids Need", provides a list of guidelines to consider when choosing a professional therapist. Therefore, I found this book a worthwhile read and highly recommend it to other parents, including my husband. ☺
To get more information and advice on dealing with angry children, be sure to join us for our future MamasTimeOut© show, where I will speak with the authors of "What Angry Kids Need".

Patricia Garza is a former elementary teacher who turned stay at home mom after the birth of her first son in 2004. Since 2005, Patricia became an online entrepreneur, freelance writer/editor and a mother again to her second son in 2007. You can read more from Patricia on her parenting resource blog at and visit her parenting resource site at

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