What Do You Think?: An Anger Management Scenario
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:54PM
Lynda Rae in anger, anger management

What do you think about this scenario?

Kimberly, a 5th grader, was known as the “leader” of her friends. No one ever challenged Kimberly because she angered easily. One day during lunch, when all the girls finished their food, they thought they’d play freeze tag. Kimberly didn’t want to play freeze tag; she wanted to play dodge ball, but her friends started to gather people for freeze tag anyways. Kimberly started yelling and told them they weren’t friends anymore. She then kicked the ball to the other side of the playground and walked away.

After school, Kimberly got on the bus to go home, ignoring her friends. At home, her mom told her to start her homework while she prepared dinner. Kimberly yelled back at her mom, “I don’t want to do any homework! It’s dumb!” Kimberly ran into the bedroom, slammed the door shut and started throwing stuff.

Questions for Discussion

1. Why do you think Kimberly got so mad at her friends? How could she have reacted differently to maybe get them to play dodge ball?

2. Have you ever felt angry at someone? Who was it? How did you handle it?

3. Was it okay for Kimberly to get mad at her mom? Why or why not?

4. What did you think of how angry Kimberly got? Were her reactions appropriate?

5. Who do you think you can help Kimberly with her anger? Who do you go to for help when you’re angry?


Myths about Anger Management:

Effective Anger Management Strategies and Therapies: 

How Mentors Can Help:

Local Resources:

SBCC Personal Counseling and Anger Management Assessment Test

Santa Barbara County Anger Management Therapists

The Aware Parenting Institute

Online Resources:

"12 Steps to Calm Down and Get a Grip Anger Management Tips for Teens"

"Anger Management for Teens"
"How to Help Your Teen Deal with Anger"

"Anger Management: Control, Redirect, and Change"

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