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Teaching Your Child Ways To Cope With Anger

Teach Your Child Ways To Cope With Anger

Teaching your child ways to understand the feelings associated with anger and express these emotions in a construtive not destructive manner is the best way to deal with their anger outbursts. Here’s a collection of the some things you can with your child do to achieve this:
  • Introduce hard and fast rules such as not breaking things or hitting people.
  • Act as a role model. Try to never lose your temper in front of them.
  • Create rules and consequences of a minimum level of accepted behaviour.
  • Ensure they know is their anger problem is one that the family tackles together.
  • Take time to read self-help books with your child at times when they are relaxed.
  • Teach them to walk away from a situation before they do something they will regret.
  • Explain the difference between aggression and anger.
  • Allow your child to express their anger in appropriate ways, not repress the emotion.
  • Every week practice a coping skill that your child can use the next time they get angry.
  • Explain that other emotions and shouldn’t be masked by anger.
  • Let your child know that anger is natural and should be expressed appropriately.
  • If you get angry in front of your child, apologise & explain anger can be healthy.
  • Teach your child different ways of calming and soothing techniques.
  • Behaviour rewards should center around behaving respectfully toward others.
  • Give anger a name so they can verbalise their feelings.
  • Support your child by explaining to them that they are not the problem, the anger is.
  • Help your child identify the situtations that trigger their anger so they can be avoided.
  • Explore coping mechanisms that your child could adopt to avoid an unhealthy outburst.
  • Teach practical problem-solving skills to avoid frustration turning into anger.
  • Encourage open and honest communication in the home.
  • Teach them to move away from anger filled situations to compose their thoughts.
  • Make clear rules about what is acceptable and unaacceptable behaviour.
  • Use drawing as a way to explore what anger feels like.
  • Take time to be mindful to treat your child and their feelings with respect.