For a child, rage It is like a monster that takes over everything in its path, an uncontrollable and very harmful monster. How to make a child able to face this great monster? The psychologist Marina Martin created a game that helps the little ones to channel their anger: The rage box.
For them, this activity is nothing more than a game, and yet it can be a fantastic tool to teach them to deal with one of the most complex and uncontrollable emotions: anger.
The 'Box of Rage' serves for the child learn to control your anger and get calm before acting uncontrollably. Do you want to know how to play?
1. The story
First you must tell him the story of Roberto (or whatever name you prefer), a child who one day had a bad day at school, and also at home, because he did not get what he wanted and everything turned out the other way around ... Roberto has such a bad day, that when night comes, he breaks out in uncontrolled tantrums and crying.
At that moment, when Roberto felt so much anger, a huge monster came out of him and began to break everything in its path. Roberto, seeing the damage that 'his monster' had caused, tried to repair everything, and at the same time that he fixed what the monster had broken, the monster became smaller and smaller, until it disappeared. This story, by the way, is based on a famous tale: 'What a tantrum', by the writer Mireille d'Allancé.
2. The drawing
Tell your child that every time he feels very angry, like Roberto, he should draw a picture of the anger he feels, to make a doodle of the color he wants ... To do this, offer him a blank sheet of paper and colored pencils. And when he's finished, you tell him to draw eyes, hands, feet ... until he defines his particular monster of rage.
3. The box
Find an empty box (or jar) and enclose the picture in the box. Explain to the child that the monster of rage will no longer be able to leave.
Anger is one of the basic emotions present in all people. Obviously, also in children. Over time, we learn to channel it.
The first time a child discovers that his anger can be terribly frustrating is at about 2 years of age. It is the quintessential stage of tantrums. Anger can make them lose control and they erupt into yelling, crying, and tantrums. But anger, even if it is hard to believe, is necessary. It helps us select what we like from what we don't like, what we like from what we don't like.
Anger should be seen as a defense mechanism. It explodes when we feel threatened (on a physical or psychological level). What makes us angry? Why? How can we solve it? Help your child transform anger into something positive, a way to get to know himself better and to get to know others better. It is best to teach children to understand it, and not so much to avoid it.
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