Milton M.

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

     I got a bad grade on Mr. Foozle's math test yesterday. I was in a really bad mood when I got home and started yelling at my family. I know it's not their fault I didn't study, but they're just so easy to get mad at...

Signed,

Milton M.

Dear Milton,

     I can understand how a bad test grade can lead to a bad mood. Whenever I am in a bad mood, I try to give myself time and space to cool off before I feel comfortable talking to others because I know it's not fair to take my anger out on them. Remember, Milton, the more you are aware of your own anger and what makes you angry, the better you can control your anger. 

     It might be helpful to start by figuring out where you feel the anger in your body. This worksheet well help you locate your anger.

 

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

     I got angry today after I lost at handball so I kicked the ball really hard and Ms. Noodle got upset. Actually, everyone kinda got mad at me and told me to go away. I want to control my anger, I really do...it's just super hard to walk away sometimes...

Signed,

Milton M.

Dear Milton,

     I know how hard it must be to feel out of control when you get angry. It takes time to learn how to walk away. You've been so used to doing it a certain way that you just have to practice doing it a new way in order to start seeing changes. Don't give up, Milton- you're doing great!

 

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

     Mr. Foozle wasn't too happy with me today when I ripped the paper out of Garfinkle's hand. I couldn't help it- he was moving so slowly! Anyway, this stinks 'cause my parents said if I get in trouble at school again I'm going to get grounded for two weeks.

Signed,

Milton M.

Dear Milton,

    While I can understand your frustration when you don't get what you want right away, I also don't want you to keep getting grounded at home. In the future, it might be a good idea to take a moment and think about what will happen if you follow through with your actions when you are angry. Taking a moment has often helped me not act out of anger.

 

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