Whether your child has an “anger issue” or not, there’s one thing that’s clear: Children get angry and there’s really no way around it. Here are a few tips to help you deal with your child’s anger:
1. Have your child identify his/her anger “triggers” then come up with solutions for handling those triggers once they present themselves.
2. Teach your child to “talk it out” in a clam and controlled manner.
3. Encourage your child to journal about his/her feelings. Sometimes the mere act of writing down one’s feelings can help to alleviate the intensity of those emotions.
4. Teach your child to use coping skills.
Engage in simple behaviors that are relaxing/calming.
Some ideas include: take a bubble bath, exercise, read, listen to music, draw, write poetry, go for a jog, pet your cat/dog, etc.
Talk yourself down by saying such things as: “There’s no point in getting angry, it isn’t worth it” or “I’m just going to keep calm and not let this get to me”
c. Relaxation Techniques
This could include deep breathing, yoga, meditation, guided imagery (using your imagination to think of calming scenarios), etc.