How to Help a Child Who is Often Angry

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Suitable for: Families of primary-age children

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Some children are placid, and nothing seems to annoy or upset them. Others have a “hot temper” and often feel angry. Their response can seem out of proportion to us. They might become furious over what seems to be a minor problem or concern.

When younger children feel angry, they can have big outbursts of emotions- we often call them tantrums, but really, it’s because they don’t yet have the language skills to communicate how they feel, and they don’t recognise their own emotions.

As children grow older, they may show they are angry in different ways:

  • Slamming doors
  • Stamping feet
  • Screaming and shouting
  • Ripping or breaking things
  • Hitting and kicking at objects or people
  • Speaking or acting aggressively
  • Vandalism

We don’t want children to suppress these powerful feelings, but instead learn healthier ways to cope when they feel angry and recognise the signs of anger before they feel out of control.


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