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Part VI: Listen to Other People’s Anger > Teaching Your Child to Manage Anger

Chapter 21. Teaching Your Child to Manage Anger

Children who are not taught to manage anger are prone to many problems such as drug abuse, lying, stealing, fighting, depression and poor health. You can work with your child to express emotions in a positive way. Discuss their hurt and help them understand that there are boundaries to work within. Here are six suggestions for helping your child learn to manage his or her anger.

  1. Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool that you can provide for your child.

    • Praise encourages cooperation.

    • Reward for good behavior builds self-esteem.

  2. Know why your child is angry.

    • Communicate and be in tune with your child.

    • Teach him or her to express feelings.

    • Be a good example.

  3. Explain consequences for negative behavior and positive behavior.

    • Don’t threaten. Explain the choices or options.

    • Teach your child the facts.

    • Help your child solve his or her own problems.

  4. Spend time with your child.

    • Ask what they want to talk about.

    • Ask opinions on family matters.

    • Don’t criticize your child for expressing feelings.

  5. Communicate your expectations and make sure your child understands them.

    • Be realistic; after all, you are dealing with a child.

    • Don’t yell. Explain what is expected and why.

    • Ask your child what he or she thought the situation was.


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