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Helping Your Child Manage Anger

Helping Your Child Manage Anger

Anger is a very powerful emotion. Anger can turn into violence if not handled quickly and properly. It can lead to children hitting others, lashing out with mean words, and getting into trouble at home and in school.

Everyone gets angry sometimes. Anger isn’t good or bad, right or wrong. It’s how we manage anger that counts. Your child may have trouble handling anger because of being taught that the emotion is “bad” (it is not the emotion but rather our choices we make when we are angry that can be perceived “good” or “bad”). Help your child get over that hurdle by explaining that anger is a normal emotion.

Teach your child anger management:

1. Help your child identify the signs of anger.A child may not realize he/she is angry. The first step in expressing anger appropriately is to identify it. Anger can be very visible and recognizable, with a child yelling or screaming or breaking things. Anger can also be buried inside, with an upset tummy or a headache.

2. Acknowledge your child’s feelings.Your child may need your understanding. You might say, “I realize that you’re angry at your brother for not letting you play with his truck, but that’s no reason to hit him”

3. Help your child cool down.Here are some proven techniques. Use the ones that work best for your child:

  • Counting to 10, or 20, or 100
  • Taking 10 slow deep breaths
  • Going to his/her room
  • Hugging a pillow or a favorite stuffed animal
  • Listening to soothing music
  • Doing something active – riding a bike, running, playing basketball
  • Drawing a picture of the angry feelings
  • Thinking about things that feel good
  • Writing down the angry thoughts on paper then tearing them up
  • Making a closed fist, then opening it to “throw” the anger away
  • Squishing clay or play-doh
  • Push against the wall
  • Jump up and down

What parents can do to help their children control anger:

  • Be a good role model by controlling your own anger
  • Limit your child’s viewing of violence in the media
  • Keep your child healthy, with enough rest and nutritious foods
  • Learn to recognize signs of stress in your child and help him/her handle stress you can’t reduce
  • Encourage your child to put angry feelings into words rather than into physical actions
  • Teach your child to respect the feelings of others
  • Help you child make a list of things to do when angry that won’t hurt himself/herself or others
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