- read each child’s way of showing anger
- aim to teach them “expression,” rather than aggression or “suppression”
- help them to express anger appropriately (verbally and pleasantly)
- correct rudeness, destructive behavior, swearing, hitting others, etc. – without shutting
- them down
- allow them to express negative feelings: hurt, sadness, anger, etc.
- not allowing expression or discussion can lead to passive aggressive behavior, i.e; using negative behavior to get back at parents, such as being uncommunicative, refusing to co-operate, or being deliberately annoying
- we need to recognize if we are contributing to the problem and our child’s anger
don’t punish for being immature in expressing negative feelings
For you, what will be hardest about reacting to anger in this way? Why?
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