Anger is a universal emotion that affects each one of us. Some are better equipped at handling their anger while others struggle with it. Children also experience a myriad of emotions from the time they are born. They are too young to understand the feelings each emotion awakens in them. The book Sometimes When I’m Mad by the psychologist, Dr. Deborah Serani, and illustrator, Kyra Teisby psychologist, is an excellent resource to help children understand that anger is a natural feeling. The book deals with managing anger and how a child can better express it. The book shares several life-like situations where a child can experience anger and due to lack of understanding lash out at things and people. Instead of berating the child, each situation has an elder helping the child to calm down. The anger can arise from a simple irritation over spilled milk and transcend into anger and rage. But when dealt with in a proper manner the child can channel the feelings into something creative or something they make like to do. This in turn helps them deal with anger. The anger management techniques mentioned in the book are like valuable pearls which should be extremely useful for counselors in school and outside, social workers, teachers, parents, and any other adult or guardian caring for children who struggle with anger.
This book is a must-read guide that explains in a simple yet lucid manner how anger surfaces and what we can do to help a child manage it towards a healthy mind. The illustrations blend in completely with the text giving it a visual treat as well as making the serious topic much lighter. this would make a great addition to the parenting section in schools as well for personal libraries at home.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.