Managing Anger and other BIG emotions with The Magic Coat
By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 25 Aug 2022
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion that everyone experiences from time to time.
Especially for children, being able to know the difference between the feeling and consequent behaviour they choose is really important. It’s okay to feel angry however it’s not okay to choose behaviours that hurt other people or damage property.
The Magic Coat is based on cognitive behaviour and positive psychology strategies that adults have been using for years. Characters within the story make abstract concepts concrete for young children to understand. Using the principles taught in The Magic Coat, children learn how to manage big emotions such as anger by watching their self-talk or thoughts and effective problem solving.
Obi the Octopus, one of the characters from The Magic Coat universe, teaches children about the many types of feelings they will experience and how feelings constantly change throughout the day. By providing simple and effective strategies, The Magic Coat allows children to recognise and label their emotions, as well as, find ways to express them appropriately.
Inside the new Magic Coat storybook, parents are encouraged to read and share the Stress Less Poem with their child, every line in this easy to remember poem offers a different strategy for children to use whenever they need to calm down when angry or stressed. By simply reciting the poem, it can help to reset an angry or stressed brain to a better emotional state.
Finally, children also learn how to sail their pirate ship down the River of Wellbeing (Dr. D. Siegal) so they will have lifelong coping skills for whenever everything seems just so overwhelming.
The Magic Coat is a common language for parents, teachers and children to talk about positive mental health and well-being.
Below, you’ll meet some of the characters behind The Magic Coat. Have a question for Di Wilcox and the team at The Magic Coat?
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What is The Magic Coat?
The Magic Coat is a tool that has been developed to help create confident, calm and caring kids who know how to problem solve, feel safe and manage their emotions appropriately for them to have good mental health and wellbeing.
The program helps children learn to take control and responsibility for their own world and to create positive relationships with adults and children around them.
- For the program to be most effective parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend workshops with their children. Each workshop facilitates important connections and conversations between parent and child so that this communication can continue at home.
- The Magic Coat is a universal program that doesn't just target one particular type of child. It provides techniques and strategies that are beneficial to every child. The program is taught to teachers, psychologists, social workers, police officers, foster carers and anyone else who deals with children.
- Di Wilcox and The Magic Coat team have now created online, digital workshops. These workshops come with a workbook and Auslan translated versions.
Book a School or Community Workshops
- If you would like to book a workshop with The Magic Coat for a school or community please contact The Magic Coat
Bring The Magic Coat into your home
The Magic Coat Book
The Magic Coat teaches children to use the analogy of a bright yellow coat that has magic pockets inside. Each pocket contains characters that will enable them to deal with the day to day issues that they are facing. Children are encouraged to imagine that they are putting the coat on every morning before school so that they feel ready to face the day.
Magic Coat Toddler Book
The sooner we introduce our children to The Magic Coat the better.
It also comes with a Toddler Journal where parents can keep records and pictures of their children whilst also reading tips and strategies to help raise a healthy and happy toddler.
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