Anger Management for Children

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During the growing phase of our children, they are exposed to several emotions and one of them is the Anger. As a parent we need to give our child a kick start to an emotionally healthy and grounded future.

This means we need to help them to understand and to manage their emotions better in life.

The toughest is to help child deal with an emotion called ‘Anger’.

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Here is a list of some common anger triggers a child :

 

a. When instructed saying No

b. When teased

c. Being interrupted

d. Not being listened to

e. Losing a game

f. Getting stuck with homework

g. Wakening up early for school

h. Fights with friends

 

 

Here are few magical tips to manage anger for our children through various fun activities:

 

The calm down box:

 

The box may contain a sensory bottle or a sponge ball, a book, pencil and some colors, Lego etc. The toys or things which your child enjoys the most can be placed in this box. Introduce this box as a surprise element whenever there is a situation the child’s behavior is inapt. Give this box to your child and let them play with it.

 

Volume O Meter.

 

An important tool to make our children understand the level of volume to be used at various scenarios.

If the child raises his/her volume give him/her an alarm about it and instruct to lower their voice and calm down.

 

Emotion flash cards.

 

a. You can make or print the emotion flash cards. These cards shows happy, sad, confused, angry, hungry etc.., faces. Ask your child to choose one card and the reason for feeling so.

b. Set out several stuffed animals and dolls and put an emotion card on each one; then speak to the figures as if they were feeling those emotions – this will help your child practice how they can respond to people in different emotional situations.

 

Draw the anger.

 

Give your child a piece of paper and tell to draw a human figure, if the child is too young then u can draw or help to draw it. Now let them color the body part where he/she anger lies. Children draw heavily on hand and mouth area stating anger explodes out from these parts of body. If it’s on hand they generally throw toys or fold their hands and sit it a corner and if it is mouth then they shout, scream, raises their voice. Sometimes the reason is just to seek your attention towards them.

 

Personify the anger.

 

Make a simple statement to your child that “it seems anger has been causing you lots of stress lately” How about we give a name and draw a picture of what you think it might look like.

This enables the child to see that anger is outside of themselves and gives a vision to solve the problem objectively.

 

Anger trigger tracker

 

Helping your child explore what situations easily set them off allows them to develop greater self awareness and eventually be more prepared in the face of frustrating circumstances through problem solving and preparation.

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Deep breathing.

Taking good quality breathes  is one of the best calm down strategy for us and for our children too.

Deep breathing to break on the anger and anxiety and helps to calm down.

Here are some creative ways of doing deep breathing:

Blowing out birthday candles. Put all 10 fingers up and have them blow it out slow as they can.

Trace your hand breathing. Hold up one hand taking long deep inhales while tracing upwards and slowly exhaling when moving down the finger.

Drawing an arc in the air. Take the longest breath possible through the nose and slowly blow out of the mouth creating an arc in the air.

Breathing. Simply trace in the air or on the surface breathing in one side and out on the other, pausing in the middle.

These anger management activities for children are practical tools that can be done in little time and with few materials.

 

You can also read:

To inculcate a particular habit in your child

The Habit of Saying ‘NO’!!! – What do Children learn from it???

Written by:
Prita Agarwal

24 thoughts on “Anger Management for Children”

  1. Very well written..
    it is helpful not only for children but for adults as well..
    the best part of the blog is one can also understand from which part of body does the child explodes anger with the technique of drawing out anger.. Amazing thought and informative.

  2. Nicely articulated. Yes children do have anger issues, this article does help parents to understand and tackle these difficulties in a better way.

  3. Anger management for children is an important skill to have. This blog is very well written and all the tips are very good and very well explained. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Anger is one of the most important emotions which is dangerous and harmful for the child if not handled properly. These techniques are very useful for a teacher or parent which are easy for the child to understand and will help them control the emotion. Very well stated ideas

  5. wonderful thoughts to control anger in today’s lifestyle and for todays generation. The 6 magical tips to control anger in kids and is very well elaborated..The deep breathing tip can be used daily .

  6. Currently most of the parents must be facing this problem of anger tantrums. I have liked the magical tips shared in the blog.

  7. Very nicely written blog. It is very important to recognize that anger is a valid and a natural emotion. Great anger management tips shared here which can be useful for children as well as adults.

  8. Nicely written….how to control anger this blog help the parents a lot very informative information and easily get the points really awesome…

  9. Anger is the most difficult emotion to be handled and as per the child’s perspective it becomes more harder. After reading this blog I came across various ideas which are beneficial for both children as well as adults. Helpful and easy to inculcate methods to control anger. Well written!

  10. Very well said ,best way of child anger to calm down is to draw a figure ,name It and ask “what you think it might look like “‘ The activities described in this blog really will help children to control their anger . Very well written .

  11. Very well illustrated with examples by Prita such a wonderful job
    Its really helps the parents that how to tackle the tantrums and anger thrown by children

  12. Anger is an emotion which is natural but it can destroy many things so it’s important for children as well as adults to know the ways of dealing with it.This blog gives very effective ways to control & manage anger.

  13. I really liked the blog.. In this situation I can see a lot of parents and children are going through the same.. Phase. Magical Box is a great idea to overcome also deep breathing would be a great relaxation booster.. Volume meter amazing tips..

  14. Extremely useful information for parents as children cannot control their anger when they are small. We call them temper tantrums but its just that they don’t know how to deal with it. Very good points given for us to help children at this time.

  15. Surely this is one major concern and a challenge for all the parents. To overcome this in a right manner is really needed, to make our children understand and calm them down with a appopriate method is a real task. Where as the tips shared in this blog means alot and will be quite helpful for parents as well to overcome this challenge.

  16. This blog is really well written.The 6 wonderful techniques will definitely help in tackle anger in a better way.

  17. Nicely drafted. This article for sure is going to bring about a change and give information and help the parents finding a solution to how to manage the anger of the child and how can be used in a positive context.😊

  18. Very well written… I specifically liked the concept of ‘The Calm down box’. The reasons of anger are also very well simplified. This will definitely help parents to understand the exact reason for the child’s behaviour and will be able to tackle it in a better way after reading this blog..

  19. Nice blog ! I loved the magical tips mentioned and explanation of it. Thankyou jumpstart for this informative blog on the major topic like Anger management.

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