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Little Volcanoes: Helping Young Children and Their Parents to Deal with Anger

Filed under: Domestic Violence — JohnPotter @ 9:00 am Mon 23rd January 2012

new book by Warwick Pudney and Éliane Whitehouse.

cover of Little Volcanoes: Helping Young Children and Their Parents to Deal with Anger

Young children can erupt like little volcanoes when they are feeling angry. It can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with, and can produce angry feelings in the parent or caregiver too.

This book is packed with advice and strategies for those working with children under five on how to understand and manage anger in children, and also how to help their parents or caregivers to deal with anger. The authors outline the different reasons children may feel angry so that their emotions can be fully understood, and offer strategies to combat negative feelings and minimize outbursts. These include putting in place behavioural boundaries and helping a child to feel secure. Simple activities and exercises are also given to help children and adults to express their anger positively. In addition, a selection of poems and stories will help adults to pass on the lessons of the book to children.

This practical and accessible book will be of essential use to any professional helper of parents and young children such as early childhood educators, caregivers and social workers, as well as to parents themselves.

You can purchase Little Volcanoes: Helping Young Children and Their Parents to Deal with Anger direct from the publisher.

For more information, here is an interview with author Warwick Pudney.


  1. Although well meaning, a fat lot of good this book is going to do the legions of NZ Fathers institutionally alienated from their kids, men who shy away from teaching for fear of being falsely accused of harming students, and aware men who sensibly stay away from kids in general for fear of being branded pedophilic in feminist indoctrinated NZ.

    I think Mr Pudney would far better serve children (and all NZers)by dealing with those problems.
    That’s asking him to do some really difficult work which may displease the folks who pay him a salary however.

    Comment by Skeptic — Mon 23rd January 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  2. My apology,
    I should have made my previous comment here about the work of BOTH authors –
    Warwick Pudney AND Élaine Whitehouse.

    Comment by Skeptic — Mon 23rd January 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  3. Eliane and Warwick’s book is readily available through Auckland City Libraries NZ 155.4 W57. MurrayBacon

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Sun 29th January 2012 @ 10:00 am

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