Creative Ways To Address Anger Management For Kids

By: Dave Ryan

In dealing with an especially angry or unruly child, it can be easy to loose your patience, but in doing so you are really just reinforcing the childís angry behavior. So instead of reacting with anger, use some fun ways to get the child to see the excessive nature of their own anger.

While this may be a struggle in especially heated situations, the faster you can get the child to release their anger, the quicker you can diffuse the situation and have a productive conversation. Anger management for kids is less restrictive than anger management for adults. Kids naturally lend to more imaginative techniques.

Point Out the Obvious
If the child is reacting in a ridiculously angry way, point it out calmly. Donít tease the child about it, but make them understand how silly it is to rant and rave. Make an exaggerated face of surprise in return, or pretend their words are blowing you over. Make your reaction light hearted, but your message clear. You donít need to be subtle in addressing anger management for kids, because kids donít have the same social experience as adults to pick up on small nuances. You will be able to break down the walls the child has erected around their emotions if their anger doesnít break down yours.

Create Space
If youíve reacted calmly and light-heartedly, but the child is still not responding to your efforts, there is no harm in making it expressing your inability to deal with the child in their angry state, and then just walking away. If you use this technique and the child runs screaming after you, calmly remind he or she that you can only speak with them when they have calmed down, and do not react to them until their anger has subsided. If the child understands that in order to get your attention they have to work past their anger, you have been effective in driving home your message. The more consistent you are in your message, the quicker the child will learn how to cope with his or her own anger.

The key to anger management for kids is to remember how frustrating it felt to be a child and to want to be heard. Anger management for kids is less a symptom of underdevelopment, like it may be in adults, and more a lesson that has not yet been learned. The best teachers are not necessarily the strictest. In the case of dealing with anger management for kids, the best teachers are the ones who can see past the childís surface reaction to the little person inside begging for help.

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