Anger can be a very overwhelming emotion for children to manage.
It is difficult for them to listen and process information while experiencing intense feelings.
When your child is angry is not the time to lecture, admonish or preach. Talking should be kept to a minimum and communication should offer nurturing and support:
By repeating any of the above statements in a calm tone of voice you will be providing reassurance and a sense of security as your child grapples with uncomfortable feelings.
Normalizing anger as a healthy human emotion and modelling the assertive expression of anger are essential life skills that can be demonstrated in the home.
Children need to be given permission to acknowledge and feel their anger, to express their anger, and to resolve their angry feelings. Here are some suggestions for expressing and managing angry feelings: