5 Tips for Calming Your Angry Child

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One difficult thing any parent can have to deal with is helping their child overcome their emotions that may take over in a negative way. Regulating those emotions when your young can be overwhelming and children look to parents to help them navigate those waters! Thanks to Views From A Step Stool, parenting can be made a little easier with the wonderful tips that were provided. It’s so important to be able to calm your child wherever you may be, but it’s also important for them to figure out how to handle those emotions on their own, as well! Thank goodness Views From A Step Stool also provided a great tool that parents can use to teach our children tactics to worth through their anger, no matter where they are! What an important life skill to master!

5 Tips for Calming Your Angry Child

  1. Give sympathy to Your Child

We all know how important everything seems to be to a child, even when we don’t quite see the value in the issue. This is not the time to not say, “what’s the big deal” and instead validate our children’s feelings. Calming your child will happen when they feel that you are understanding their feelings and value their thoughts!

2. Give Your Child Room, But Not TOO Much

Views From A Step Stool talks about how kids that tend to express anger openly and often may also be inclined to show physical aggression. Make sure you are providing an outlet to release tension they may be feeling, like punching a pillow or providing a “calm down corner”.  Don’t provide so much isolation that they feel cut off from the family, but by giving them a little space, they have the opportunity to calm down on their own.

3. Let Them Know Anger Is OK

Everyone feels emotions and everyone gets angry from time-to-time. We all experience many emotions on a daily basis and it’s a normal part of who we all are. But you also want to make sure you are clear by letting your child know that by becoming angry, there may be consequences – not because of the emotion they are feeling, but because of a behavior they may display. Views From A Step Stool really drove that point home and it’s a great one to remember. There is a huge difference between negative behaviors and the emotion that caused it!

4. Overreactions By You Won’t Help

Staying calm in the face of your child’s anger is imperative. While it can be extremely hard, it’s important to model the behavior you are looking for. Your child isn’t able to get a rise out of you and when you are calm, they are going to wonder why they are so worked up, as well. The more you lose your cool, the more they will lose theirs!

5. Keep Eye Contact

Another great tip from Views From A Step Stool is to make sure you demonstrate eye contact with your child when you are talking to them. By making your child feel heard, it will help to calm them down in the face of anger. Just think about how much eye contact means to you when you are trying to get your point across to someone!

In addition to the great tips that were provided above, Views From A Step Stool created an awesome graphic below on ways that kids can calm themselves down ANYWHERE you may be. How great and what a helpful tool to have! Enjoy!

8 Tips for Kids to Calm Down Anywhere

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What wonderful tips Views From A Step Stool gives for helping to talk your child off of the ledge when anger starts taking over. Help your child work on their negative emotions and soon they’ll be able to walk through the difficult paths of life with confidence!

Click on the following link for more details and to view the original article and image credit: Tips for Calming the Angry Child

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