Each kid is different and therefore even their reaction to a situation is unique as the individual is; therefore, parents cannot expect the same response to a tricky situation from two different kids. (“Children’s Anger Management – Useful Tips to Manage …”)
While one kid may display anger through silently retreating to their room, another may simply be sad and still another is likely to break toys, throw a tantrum, display a fit of rage etc. Managing each situation calls for patience, understanding and psychological balance to be maintained while dealing with an angry kid. (“Children’s Anger Management – Useful Tips to Handle …”)
Helping a child displaying signs of anger, such as rolling on the ground and aggressive behavior is especially important to avoid future issues with the same upsetting situation occurring and to help him or her become aware of their undesirable behavior, for anger management programs to work. (“Children’s Anger Management – Useful Tips to Handle …”)
Anger management for kids is different
Anger management for kids is different to programs conducted for adults since talking or discussing the issue may not be conducive for less mature minds that kids have, besides difficulty with verbalizing their feelings; thus, with a little bit of research and experimenting with various resources on the topic as well as trying out different techniques for controlling and diverting anger in a positive way, kids with an anger issue can benefit from coping with their uncontrolled display of anger.
Among the most useful resources on anger management for kids are a variety of books by exert psychologists, movies and websites on the net that inform, educate, and guide people through the maze of info available on the topic of anger and how to best deal with the issue to help children and their families. (“Children’s Anger Management – Useful Tips to Handle …”)
Kids anger management programs are specially designed for their benefit as the ones for adults revolve around participation in a support group, talking and discussions, which are not the best way to get results from children who are less mature mentally. The best recourse then, for a child’s anger management therapy is to conduct it via a series of fun and interesting activities.
“Some of these specially designed anger management programs for kids are based on enjoyable activities that include involving them in games to reinforce positive values and teach them sharing and desirable behavior.” (“Children’s Anger Management – Useful Tips to Handle …”)
Kids are given coloring, puzzle and quiz worksheets depicting angry situations with negative and positive consequences with more emphasis on the satisfactory results from managing anger right. (“Anger Management for Children – Solutions That Really Work”) “This combines fun and games for anger management for kids.” (“Children’s Anger Management – Useful Tips to Handle …”)
A play-way method for inculcating good values and re-directing anger is better than a one-on-on session with an anger management counselor as far as kids are concerned This is because worksheets and games methods work well to bring out acceptable behavior traits in kids as opposed to as designing lesson plans that requires logical thinking is for adults only.
Anger management for kids is particularly important for teaching them desirable and acceptable behavior in society and to help them overcome their problem behavior to emerge successful teens and adults in their future life. (“Children’s Anger Management – Useful Tips to Handle …”) Finding out why a kid is upset and displaying anger in a negative way, working to eliminate the reaction to teaching positive ways to show anger through repetitive activities is a proven method of anger management therapy for kids.
Anger Management in Children
Anger is a regular emotion but needs to be addressed right to be displayed positively for a healthy lifestyle. Some common scenes we can conjure of extreme anger include couples fighting, abusive parents that beat children or teens being intolerant and insolent with figures of authority, though even children are affected by intense feelings of anger – even exceedingly small ones!
Anger in incredibly young children is difficult to pinpoint as it needs careful observation to identify this problem; small children cannot express their feelings and their getting upset is taken as a temper-tantrum when it may well be a case of not being able to verbalize their emotions.
A little kid in a mall demanding something may throw a tantrum and it can upset for parents and the kid both to witness such a situation but dismissing this kind of behavior – as is often done – is not the solution to deal with it. Being a child is not an excuse for unruly behavior and even angry children must be taught about negative, undesirable behavior.
A child’s upbringing must include guidance, tolerance, and patient discipline towards desirable behavior through stressing on a value system and appreciating and acknowledging desirable behavior; since children learn from a youthful age what is good and bad, they must also be directed in the path they should follow to become healthy teens and adults, including controlling their temper.
Anger management programs are specially designed to find out the root cause of a particular child’s anger-issue as each one is different and thus treatment must be individual too; this makes it imperative for the program to be based on a specific area for one child and another for the second and so on, using multiple methods for assessing the problem nagging the person.
Some kids resort to an angry outburst, others take a silent or uncommunicative approach and still others do not give a clue to their feelings; in all cases, time is of importance in understanding, identifying, and solving the search for reasonable reactions to anger-issues.
Involve young kids in anger management awareness by giving them activity sheets with coloring pages, quizzes, puzzles, and situations that require ideal behavior answers if the children put themselves in certain situations described or depicted there.
They are aimed at being a playway method to effectively teach anger management to children by giving them something enjoyable to do that holds their attention long enough to deal with the problem in a subtle way and teach them better values, such as sharing, using toys in turn and being polite even when disagreeing with someone.
Games and worksheets designed around potentially tense situations for children are thus, both ways to teach them about anger management even without kids realizing their problem is being assessed and addressed.
For older children who are willing to verbalize their feelings, it is a clever idea to take them for counseling on this issue and build trust and comfort levels to bring their inner-most feelings in the open to find the best way to cope with situations and people that make them angry besides teaching them about ways to deal effectively, positively with anger.
They can be asked to write down or draw the angry situation or reaction to bring out the pain, frustration and embarrassment of an angry situation and telling them asking for help is not a dreadful thing, is just the way to go about making anger management techniques successful for both younger and older kids.
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehab Specialist
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