It’s difficult to convey to children that losing their temper with others can have consequences that ultimately affect them.
Even as adults, we forget. Maybe that’s why this video of an angry pedestrian in Adelaide, Australia went viral.
Fred Rogers once had a child ask him “What do you do with the mad that you feel?” He wrote a song about it that you may want to share with your child when they are feeling mad. (You can listen to it here.)
What do you do with the mad that you feel?
When you feel so mad you could bite.
When the whole wide world seems oh so wrong, and nothing you do seems very right.
What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag
or see how fast you go?
It’s great to be able to stop when you’ve planned the thing that’s wrong.
And be able to do something else instead — and think this song —
I can stop when I want to. Can stop when I wish.
Can stop, stop, stop anytime…
And what a good feeling to feel like this!
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there’s something deep inside that helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a lady, and a boy can be someday a man.
– Fred Rogers
Did Mr. Rogers ever become angry? Find out in this video where he shares a personal story that can help when you feel frustrated and angry.
Another great resource created by the Fred Rogers Company is the award-winning workshop contained in the “The Mad Feelings Activity Book.” It provides parents, teachers or anyone involved in the life of a child with strategies to help children manage difficult feelings.
Because “ … there’s something deep inside that helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a lady, and a boy can be someday a man.”