Anger Management Issues in Children
Being a child can be hard at times. Emotions and situations are confusing. A lot of things cause stress, such as:
- welcoming a new sibling
- going through adoption or foster care
- starting school
- struggling in school
- processing new feelings
- bullying, which can start at a young age
- traumatic events
- death of a loved one.
Moments of anger are normal, but it is critical that parents know how to manage it. You also need to know symptoms of serious issues. These require diagnosis and treatment from a doctor.
Why is it important?
Everyone’s mental health is important. It affects how you think, feel, and act. Anger is a normal human emotion. Children are sensitive and can be affected by a situation differently than adults. Sometimes, children may “act out” and seem angrier than they should be. Anger issues can worsen or become habits if left unnoticed or untreated. Teach them how to deal with their anger early on and get them help, if needed.
Path to improved health
It is natural for kids to act out or be angry. This does not mean they or you are to blame. However, you can help them manage their feelings and actions. If your child is angry or acting out, try to calm them down. It’s critical that you do not reflect their anger. This makes it harder for them to relax. Instead, speak in a kind tone at a level your child understands. Pull them aside if there are other people around. It can help them feel more comfortable and open to share. If your child becomes angry, upset, or confused, take a pause. Hugging or touching your child also may help. It lets them know you care and aren’t mad.
Other approaches you should use to manage your child’s anger include:
- Set rules or limits. Establish boundaries so they know what to expect.
- Be consistent and follow through. If you don’t act on rules all the time, then your child won’t know when you’re serious. You may confuse your child instead of help them. It also can create added anger and stress for both of you.
- Reward good behavior. Offer verbal praise when your child follows the rules and controls their anger.
- Practice what you preach. One of the biggest things you can do is set…