Thursday, September 23, 2010

What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?

by Jennifer Poenix
This Saturday, on Between You and Me, the topic is anger. What makes you angry? What do you do about it?

I've always been a fan of Mr. Fred Rogers, and now that I have a preschooler, I've watched some episodes of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood recently

It's hard to imagine such a gentle soul like Mr. Rogers ever getting angry, but I'm sure he did. We all get angry at times.

There's a song that Mr. Rogers used on his show from time to time, which he wrote himself. Speaking from experience, I think it's really helpful for getting young kids to understand that it's ok to be angry, as long as you don't hurt yourself or others. Here's an excerpt of the lyrics:

What do you do with the mad that you feel,

When you feel so mad you could bite?

When the whole wide world seems oh so wrong,

And nothing you do seems very right?

What do you do? Do you bunch a bag?

Do you pound some clay or dough?

Do you round up friends for a game of tag?

Or see how fast you go?

Tune into Between You and Me with Heidi Holtan this Saturday morning from 1o til noon. We'd love to hear from you on ways you deal with anger. Call 218-326-1234 during the show, or you can leave a message on our Talkback line: 218-999-9876, or email

1 comment:

girl said...

I grew up on a farm so when my sister and I were angry with eachother most of the time we would release our anger from having a crab-apple fight in the yard. Now as a "grown up"
adult when I am angry with others (mostly grown ups)I still often think of offering to setttle the dissagreement with a duel of a crab-apple battle.
-Sera from Brainerd