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Anger Management in children

Updated on September 4, 2011

Teaching Children How to Control Their Anger

It is quite customary for children to be open with what they feel although you may not know exactly what it is that bothers them by merely talking to them. You can only take a hint from their behaviors. Children may find difficulty in verbally expressing their feelings and emotions but they do communicate through their actions. 

 For instance, sad children are usually quiet and say very little when talked to. If they feel guilty about something, they avoid the company of other people and prefer to isolate themselves. Angry children often manifest their anger by acting out; they throw tantrums, intentionally start breaking their toys, or go into screaming fits.

 Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Anger

 If you are a parent, you should watch out for the signs of anger in your child. Your child could suddenly throw a tantrum, roll on the floor or burst into fits. Your child's message is that he is angry and he does not know how to deal with his feelings, and that he needs help.

 Know this: a child left alone to his anger could grow up with anger issues that are difficult to resolve. It is best to start children on anger management so they could learn how to control their temper and manage their emotions.

 Finding Information on Anger Management for Children

 It is not difficult to find pointers on anger management for children although there will have to be some research as well as experimenting on the suggested techniques. If you are worried about your child's behavior, particularly when he is angry, you can easily check out the many resources available including books, movies and online information.

 Anger Management Programs Specially Designed for Children

 There are special programs designed to help a child deal with his emotions, and your child may benefit from one of these programs. Your child will not benefit from the regular anger management support groups or anger management courses because these are geared primarily for adults who can readily talk about what and how they feel.

 On the other hand, children find it difficult to describe their feelings as they may not even understand what is happening in them. Even a counselor will not be of any help if the approach is limited to conversing. Details on the specific cause of your child’s anger can only be uncovered through especially designed activities or anger management tools for kids.

 With Kids, One-on-One Sessions Don't Work

 At times, it may be necessary to kids to take part in specific activities created to elicit a response from them. Instead of going on one-on-one sessions with anger management counselors, children are allowed to play games so they can learn indirectly about positive values and the kind of behavior that is acceptable to society. 

 Children are provided with working papers; they color pictures, solve puzzles, and answer quizzes thereby making their anger management module more fun and interesting.  Without realizing the impact of their activities, the children are actually participating in learning courses. 

 Keep in mind that anger management is a complicated subject that children cannot easily comprehend. The children are not aware of exactly how they feel since their logical thinking process has not yet been developed.

 Helping Your Child Learn Anger Management Skills

 As a parent, you will appreciate the value of your child learning anger management skills. At a young age, your child needs to learn about acceptable behavior in different situations. He should understand that although anger is a perfect human feeling, he ought to know that the emotion and tension building up within should not be expressed negatively. 

 As the adult, you must help your child learn anger management skills during his formative years to help him develop a more wholesome personality. Repeated activities and practicing behavioral responses to different situations will help your child imbibe anger management and eventually apply the learned skills in his daily life.

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