5 Anger Management Tips for Children
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Does your child lash out or trash his room when he gets mad? Here's how to help him work out strong emotions and stop the bad behavior.
Frustration and anger are normal emotions, and kids need a strong physical release for them. But to safely redirect his feelings, have him:
1. Run around the living room or largest room in your home 50 (or any arbitrary number) of times; he'll be in a contained space, the counting will distract him and he'll get pooped out.
2. Go into a closed area (like the bathroom or a big closet or the basement) and yell at the top of his lungs. This gives him a safe place to vent without freaking out younger sibs (or the dog, or the neighbors).
3. Karate-chop a big piece of wrapping paper. It produces a satisfying ripping noise and makes him feel powerful. Go outside and make faces at you through the window.
4. Run around the house, and repeat. (After a few times, this is likely to dissolve into a giggling fit.)
5. Throw dirt at a tree. He'll get messy, but he can't hurt anything.