What provokes children to get angry, and how can parents and educators help children cope with their anger and help them express it appropriately?
What makes you angry?
Fear versus anger – the rebellious child.
When standards are too severe or narrow at home or school. A child may rebel and try new behaviour away from or at school or in the street. Could we sometimes displace our aggressive feelings onto our children?
The way we handle conflicts and problems is apt to be imitated by our children. Sometimes we use random discipline, where we wait for the child to break a rule before deciding on a consequence. Use positive consequences and avoid negative – and accentuate the positive.
Developmental age and anger: Handling the angry child at preschool – by Leslie Oesterreich.
A 2 1/2 hour Certificate of Completion is issued for this workshop.
Excerpt from the Course.
HELPING CHILDREN EXPRESS ANGER APPROPRIATELY
What provokes children to get angry?
How can parents or Educators help children cope with their anger, and help them express it appropriately?
Everyone loses his temper once in a while. Something makes you so mad that you cannot control your anger. You lash out physically and verbally at the person or situation that is opposing you.
1. What makes you angry?
2. What do you do when you get angry?
3. Do you have different forms of anger for different situations? Sulk, throw, hit and lash out verbally.
4. Why do you think this is?
5. How do you cope with your anger (if you do) Lock yourself in your room, yell, tear wallpaper, throw dishes?
6. How did your parents handle your anger when you were small?
Inability to stand frustration leads to hostile, angry responses in everyone.
Parents and teachers must learn to recognize a fight reaction in children. A temper tantrum or destructiveness in a child is obviously an indication that something is wrong.
Either too much is expected of him, or he needs help in handling his frustration in a more constructive way. If he’s not helped he could develop habitual nagging, defiant, belligerent attitudes.