Anger Management in Children

by Sam Malone

It can often be very tiring and frustrating when it comes to dealing with anger in children. Children often display sudden outbursts of anger, throw temper tantrums and can also be very aggressive. It is important to exercise patience while dealing with an angry child as it is the most necessary, yet difficult thing to practice. Being patient with an angry child will help you assess the various ways in which you and your child can work towards managing and controlling his/her anger. It is also important to remember that while attempting to treat anger in children, one should not try to destroy or repress these feelings in the child.

Treating anger in children essentially means guiding them in handling strong emotions and helping them understand these emotions. Anger in children should thus not be taken lightly and should be treated immediately. While it is natural for a child to throw temper tantrums and display angry outbursts, it is also important to teach him/her appropriate modes of expressing strong emotion. Before helping your child manage his anger better, it is important to assess what causes his/her outbursts of anger or what brings on the temper tantrums. Your child may experience anger on account of a number of reasons. For instance, feelings of insecurity, fear and a low self-esteem may be well disguised by angry outbursts. Your child may be anxious about isolation or certain situations that are beyond his/her control and this may lead to feelings of anger and frustration. Your child may also throw a temper tantrum or display aggression to cope with a feeling of sadness or depression. There can be several causes of child's anger and it is therefore important to teach him/her how to cope with such situations and the emotions they evoke.

There are several ways in which you can help your child deal with his/her anger. It is important to communicate with the child and attempt to understand his/her behavior rather than assume a relationship of dominance and punish aggressive behavior. Punishment is not always the best way to control a child. Ensure that you are firm about what behavior is acceptable and what is not. Within this framework of behavioral rules, your child is free to express himself/herself as long as he/she knows the limits. In addition, ensure that you complement your child on good behavior. This will serve as a boost to follow certain rules of behavior and expression.

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