Tips for Handling Anger
What Can Parents Do When a Child Starts Getting Angry?
Show affection. Sometimes all a child needs to help regain control when frustrated or anxious is a suddenhug or some other show of affection.
Ignore minor misbehavior. Often children misbehave to get your attention. Ignoring behavior that both of you know is inappropriate is one good way to send your child a message that you don’t approve. Make sure you don’t ignore the child, just the behavior.
Appeal to the child’s sense of right. Tell your child how you feel about a particular behavior and ask him to consider your feelings. For example, if a child is making an annoying noise, ask him to stop it and explain how the noise is making your headache worse.
Say NO! Limits should be clearly defined for children. When a child breaks a rule, letting her know she has stepped over the line is important. This helps remind her of the rule and lets her know she is responsible for the consequences of breaking the rule.
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