"Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy.” - Aristotle
· Three ways to deal with Anger: Acting Out, Internalize, and Transform
Children need to be able to express anger in a creative way.
· Healthy Anger
· No rules on what the child can’t draw
· Draw last picture of how to deal with their anger
· Not all can express their anger in words
Fear and Drawing
Children from the ages of 2 to 7 years fall into Piaget’s preoperational stage, a time when children begin to represent their world with words, images, drawings, and imaginative play activities. Children tend to be egocentric, seeing the world as revolving around them and thus may not differentiate between thoughts and deeds. When a relative dies, a child may believe that she caused the death through her own anger or wishes.
· Always acknowledge the fear, never devalue
· Have them draw what they are afraid of and tell why
· Ask them to draw what would keep them safe from this fear
· Draw what you are afraid of and what you do to overcome that fear