Some kids lose their cool quickly and can end up in trouble in school. Share these helpful tips with your child to help handle angry emotions.

Exercise. Go for a walk or play a sport. If your child is indoors, he might do jumping jacks or move to music.

Create. Art projects, such as molding clay or drawing pictures, allow kids to release feelings. Writing in a journal can do the same.

Talk. Discuss things with a parent or friend. Pick someone who is a good listener—a person who won’t interrupt while he “vents.”

Think. Have him tell himself “I’m angry, but I’m going to stay calm.” This is much better than “How can I get back at her for what she did to me?”

Breathe. Count to five while inhaling, then again while exhaling. This actually brings oxygen to the brain and encourages relaxation.

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