Anyone involved with children knows that children copy.

How we handle our own frustrations plays a huge part in our children’s behaviour and attitudes.

And, in case you think we can mask our true feelings, the fact is that up to 90% of what we communicate to our children is through tone and body language, rather than the words we use.

In Dr John’s latest book there’s a myriad of practical tips, activities and advice for helping young children manage frustration and anger.

“Children must have a strong level of self-awareness, it is important and vital social skill,” says Dr John, a leading Child and Family Psychologist.

“My new book is all about helping children and those that care about children- their parents, educators and teachers. The range of activities come from my 30 plus years’ experience in education and psychology.” The activities are easy to follow, allowing for flexibility in delivery and help that vital age group of 3 to 8 year olds.

“Certainly, bringing up perfect kids from our own imperfect gene pool in a very imperfect and chaotic world has never been harder,” explains Dr John. “Although the world may not recognise it, we must remember that we are protecting the world’s greatest resource: its children.”

Here’s just one sample from Helping Young Children Manage Frustration and Anger.

What do you think might trigger aggressive behaviour?

Top 10 Domestic Environment Triggers for Twitch’s Behaviour

1. The parents are at war (whether they’re separated or living together).

2. Friends or other family members are modelling angry and aggressive interactions.

3. Parents have a chaotic parenting style; their management style is unpredictable and inconsistent.

4. There is a favoured sibling or a sibling with a disability and/or chronic illness.

5. The children have a poor eating regimen, including low water intake or eating/drinking lots of sugars, starches, junk food, processed food, etc.

6. The kids spend excessive amounts of time (more than 2 hours per day) on screen time—iPhones, DX, iPads, iPods, TV, etc.

7. The family lifestyle is too hectic; parents are too busy to connect.

8. The parent(s) are too self-absorbed or preoccupied with their own needs to notice the overload warning signs in the child.

9. The parents manage the children’s behaviour by yelling or by physical punishment.

10. There are some bullying, cyberbullying, and/or peer problems at school that impact the child’s behaviour at home.

WorryWoos and Developing Emotional Intelligence Program for Schools

Dr John was first introduced to the WorryWoo family over a year ago. He was instantly drawn to Nola, Rue, Fuddle, Squeek, Wince, Twitch and now, Zelly, the Monster of Envy.

Since then Dr John has connected with the WorryWoo creator, Andi Green to bring to life practical tips and guidance for parents and education professionals seeking to support children and their emotional development. Our next stage of evolution is a unique Developing Emotional Intelligence Program for schools.

‘Emotional intelligence is just as important as a child’s academic ability,’ explains Dr John, ‘recognising and embracing our emotions, as well as having parents and educators who can help navigate the rapidly changing 21st century is paramount is making sure children are supported in their learning and emotional growth.’ Dr John has begun trialling this expertly designed lesson plans with a range of schools across NSW, with very positive results.

To learn more about our partnership with Dr John on the Developing Emotional Intelligence Program for Schools contact our team on


About Dr John:

Dr John Irvine (B.A PhD., M.A.C.E., M.A.P.S) Child and Family Psychologist

Our partnership with respected child psychologist Dr John Irvine is a philosophical connection that helps shape our vision that physical and emotional development is at the core of education.

We share a love of child centred learning through exploration, problem solving and play. We share a desire to have all children excel in their cultural, emotional and academic development. Together we embrace the importance of providing quality practical guidance for parents and educational professionals.

Dr John was a teacher before becoming a child psychologist. He was awarded the Shell Prize for Arts and the University Medal during his studies at the University of New England.

He is a sought after speaker and author of several books, including Who’d Be A Parent, A Handbook for Happy Families and Thriving at School.

Dr John is co-founder and consultant child psychologist at the R.E.A.D Clinic on the Central Coast of New South Wales.