How to Help a Child with Anger Issues

If your child has regular emotional outbursts, it’s usually a symptom of distress. A number of things can make children feel angry such as: being embarrassed, coping with divorce, suffering from bereavement, feeling lonely, feeling misunderstood, pressure from school, being bullied and feeling let down.

The first step in tackling anger issues in children is to understand the triggers of their behaviour. Parents and teachers should help children to understand that feeling angry is perfectly normal and acceptable. It is how we deal with and show this anger that we must control.

There are a number of indicators that reveal when anger in children is unhealthy. Such signs include hitting or physically hurting others, shouting or screaming, breaking things and losing control. It can also be signified through clenched teeth, a red face, tense shoulders and clenched fists. Sometimes children may even turn their anger upon themselves, which may manifest into an eating disorder, self-harming and feeling low. Different techniques can be used to help your child overcome their feelings of rage. Yoga and meditation are notoriously beneficial in such cases.

Alternatively, encourage your child to express themselves through art or a physical activity. Try to urge them to talk about their feelings rather than lashing out. For more information on coping with anger issues, visit youngminds.org.