It's one of those basic things like breathing, eating and sleeping," Beata Peck Little
told a group of parents and teachers Saturday.
The anger session was part of a day-long conference for child care providers sponsored by the Pocono Healthy Communities Alliance at East Stroudsburg University
A teacher in the session said she
sees much more anger in children than she
did 15 years ago.
It's normal for kids to feel angry, said Peck Little.The key is teaching them that aggressive behavior sparked by anger is not appropriate.
"Help them understand the difference," she
said.Peck Little, who is executive director of Women's Resources of Monroe County, often hears battered women say, "He hit me because he was angry so that's OK."
"It's never OK to be aggressive to another person," she
advised the mother to plan special activities like a bike ride or movie with her
daughter and cancel them if the girl has an angry outburst.