Younger kids don't always have the vocabulary to express their feelings. That's why a temper tantrum is the preferred communication of upset children. Using a thermometer might provide them with an alternative.
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Psychotherapist Katie Hurley, writing for Momtastic, shared some ways to teach kids anger management. Instead of using words, show them a picture of a thermometer and use that to help them express emotions:
Explain to your child that a thermometer gauges your internal temperature. If you're hot, the red line reaches to the top. If you're cold, it stays down. Ask your child to describe how his body feels when he's frustrated. Do his muscles get tight? Do his fists clench? Does he get hot and itchy?
She suggests that young kids can use crayons to draw the colour of the feelings on the thermometer. Gently hit the link for other tips to teach kids anger management.