To get frustrated and angry is human, but these emotions can quickly turn into defiance, disrespect, aggression, and temper tantrums if your child doesn’t know how to deal with his/her emotions.
There are several ways to teach anger management to kids so that they can regain control over their tempers. Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But without appropriate anger management skills, kids may struggle to express their feelings in an appropriate and socially acceptable manner.
Here are a few parenting tips:
A good role model –
The best way to teach your child how to deal with anger is by showing him/her how you deal with your emotions when you feel angry. If your child watches you lose your temper, he/she is likely to do the same. But, if he/she sees you cope with your feelings in a kinder, gentler way, he/she will pick up and learn the same.
Establish rules –
Most families have family rules about what behaviour is acceptable and what isn’t when it comes to expressing anger. Some families don’t mind doors being slammed and voices being raised, while other families may have less tolerance for such behaviours. So, depending on what you feel is appropriate, set rules on what’s acceptable/appropriate and what isn’t.
Healthy coping skills –
Kids need to know how to deal with their emotions and these coping skills include taking three deep breaths and counting till ten before reacting on their emotions. Also, encourage him/her to take up or enrol for activities like karate, dance, sports etc. as these activities allow him/her to vent out negative emotions like anger while teaching him/her concepts such as respecting others.
Consequences of an action –
Ensure that your child is aware of the punishments when he/she misbehaves. These punishments need to allow him/her to think about his/her actions and how it would affect the family or another person.
Download the Mai app to improve your child’s skill in managing emotions and also assess your child’s skill in self-expression.