Tips and Tricks

Mindful tips developed by John F. Taylor, PhD

Play the ACE of Anger

Adapt to the situation

  • I create my anger
  • I can use it any way I want
    • to hurt others or self
    • to help others or self
  • Anger warns me that I have a problem to resolve
  • I can change my approach so I won’t be so frustrated

Confront means to talk

  • I can use the energy from anger to
  • tell them to please stop
  • tell them what I want them to please do instead
  • tell them how I will support their change
  • talk to an adult

Escape means
Deciding to leave the situation: talk to an adult first

Avoid being RUDE

Repeated useless venting

  • pillow punching
  • rehearsing the anger
  • not confronting

Under-expressing the anger

Dumping on others, pets, etc.

Exaggerating often results in loss of control

From Anger Control Training for Children and Teens

Friendship Skills

Talk about your friend

Friend chooses what to play

Talk about your friend’s topics

Instead of “hogging the ball,” take turns

Show you’re happy that your friend is happy

Let your friend control his/her half; don’t be the “boss”

Be a friendly host; practice meeting the friend’s needs

Use the politeness words “please” and “thank you”

Feed the friend; have supervised kitchen fun

Give small appropriate gifts and share

Friend says when to stop

Do small favors

From Helping Your ADD Child

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