Anger is a common emotion for everyone. Whether we’re dealing with an issue at home, work, or school, it’s to be expected that you’ll grow angry or frustrated from time to time. However, anger in children is another matter entirely. When a child is angry or upset about something, it can affect their mood for days. If they get angry enough, it could affect their personality and behaviors in the long term. To help them deal with the anger they are sure to face in their developmental years, there are several factors to consider.
Do Not Respond with Anger
When children grow angry or upset, their emotions feel like a flurry of mixed feelings. If your child lashes out at you for anything, refrain from responding in kind, as this sends them the wrong message. When your child is angry, it is better to be more passive, ensuring you constantly repeat your stance regarding the matter at hand. Even if their angry behavior doesn’t fizzle right away, it will with time. Shouting at one another in anger rarely leads to a long-term solution and carries the risk of forming bad habits.
Be Supportive and Comforting
When your child is feeling angry at something other than yourself, there are many ways in which you can approach the situation to help them calm down. Sit down with them and speak at their eye-level, putting yourself in their shoes and staying open to whatever they have to say. Use comforting touches and hugs, reminding them that you’re their parent and they can always approach you with the tough things. If you child is angry as the result of being the object of teasing or some other injustice, it won’t help them if you get all worked up yourself. The best thing you can do is to be a source of comfort and calming energy to help them calm down.