What Do You Think?: Managing Anger
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:22PM
Lynda Rae in abuse, alcohol, anger, anger management, family, fighting

What do you think about this scenario?

Marina is a 6th grader and recently she has been getting in trouble at school for fighting with her classmates. When she was younger her parents used to fight constantly and her father struggled with alcoholism. He used to yell all the time and once he even hit her mother. But last year he got sober and is trying hard to mend things with his family. Although Marina likes seeing her mother so much happier and wants to be a close family again she can’t stop feeling angry at her father for what he put them through.

When she is at school she gets along well with her classmates and has many friends, but if things aren’t going her way or someone says something she doesn’t like she blows up and can’t control herself. Because of this she has been in several fights during and after school and is in danger of suspension or even expulsion. Marina knows she needs to stop fighting but she doesn’t know how to control herself and that only makes her angrier.

Questions for Discussion:

1. How do you think you would feel if you were Marina? Why does she fight?

2. What do you think she could do to control her anger besides fighting? Is there anyone she can got to for help?

3. What might happen if she doesn’t learn to manage her anger?

4. What could her parents or teacher do to help Marina?

5. What would you do if you were Marina’s friend?

Factoids:

What Mentors Can Do to Help?

Resources

"Anger Management for Teenagers"

"Helping Young Children Deal with Anger"

"Helping Children Deal with Their Anger" (effectiveparenting.org)

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