When it comes to this year's nasty presidential election, we need to give it to kids straight. Because they can tell when we aren't. Saying one thing when we really mean another does not fool these little guys. They're not just cute... They're smart absorbent sponges and it makes sense to tell them the truth as we see it.
In my office, I always have a squishy ball for children to squeeze when their feelings are getting stirred up. I also encourage kids to stomp their feet when they're mad, with some optional noise-making, as well. Anger is an energy, one that can be better handled if we can shout or stomp through it!
What we know about anger is that it inflates self-importance and builds a wall between genuine introspection and finding right action. Anger can be a useful signal, alerting us that something is amiss, but if we don't explore what truly makes us angry, anger isolates us from our heart's intelligence and our connection with others.