Build a fort, play the giggle game, or shake a pop bottle into a volcano of fizz. Who would have thought learning self-control could be so much fun?

Review these ideas, plus plenty more, to create lessons that help kids:

  • control negative impulses, in dependence on the Holy Spirit
  • think through consequences before speaking or acting
  • walk away from troublemakers.

This lesson is also helpful for children who tend to overreact, have difficulty managing anger and lash out by shouting, hitting or biting.

Recommended resources

Caspian Crashes the Party: When You Are Jealous
by Edward T. Welch. New Growth Press, 2020. Ages 3-5.

Gus Loses His Grip: When You Want Something Too Much
by David Powlison. New Growth Press, 2019. Ages 3-5.

Jax’s Tail Twitches: When You Are Angry
by David Powlison. New Growth Press, 2018. Ages 3-5.

Keeping Your Cool: A Book About Anger
by Carolyn Larsen. Baker Books, 2016. Ages 4-6.

The Berenstain Bears and the Rowdy Crowd
by Stan, Jan and Michael Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2020. Ages 4-7.