Anger is a natural emotion. It’s often a response to feeling threatened, mistreated, or blocked from reaching a goal. Anger can be healthy when it gives energy to correct wrongs. But anger that is out of control can be dangerous for your child and for others.
It’s best to teach children how to manage anger before they enter their teenage years. The earlier children learn these skills, the better they will be able to deal with anger in healthy ways.
Managing anger does not mean that your child never feels angry or that your child holds in anger and never expresses it. Learning to manage anger means:
Healthy ways for your child to deal with anger include:
To help your child learn, you can:
If your child still has problems handling anger, talk with your child’s healthcare provider or a mental health professional.