Sure Fire Tips to Deal with Child’s Anger
Kids with unmanaged anger can grow up to face big problems. That is why it is so important to help your child learn to process negative emotions in appropriate ways from an early age. You can help them by trying helpful children anger management tips. Even toddlers can learn a little bit about self-control, although tantrums to a certain extent are bound to occur. Here are some children anger management tips that may help your family enjoy a more peaceful home environment.
Parents do make a difference, to help teach their kids calmer more constructive ways to express their anger. Once children can identify the early signs of their anger, they can also learn to diffuse it by such methods as walking away or taking full and vigorous breaths. Here are some effective tips to keep your young one’s anger at bay:
- Train your child to respond to your “signal” like your hand motion to stay calm. Give that signal as soon as your child starts “stewing” about something. If your child is too young for such self-control techniques, use distraction as soon as you notice the child exhibiting an anger sign. A distraction, in order to be effective, has to be of interest to the child. For example suggest to your child, “Let’s ride a bike” or, “Let’s play ball.”
- Many kids display anger because they simply don’t know how to express their frustrations any other way. Kicking, screaming, swearing, hitting or throwing things may be the only way they know how to show their feelings. So talk with your child about more acceptable “replacer” behaviors. You might want to make a big poster listing them. Here’s a few ideas a group of fourth graders thought of:
- walk away, think of a peaceful place, run a lap, listen to music, hit a pillow, shoot baskets, draw pictures, talk to someone, or sing a song. Once the child chooses his “calm down” technique, encourage him to use the same strategy each time he starts to get angry.