Anger is a normal emotion to feel in life. Things bother us. Stuff gets under our skin. Nothing will change that. But just because anger is normal to feel doesn't mean that all ways we express our anger are okay or healthy.
This week we are giving tips for parents to help teach their kids appropriate ways to deal with anger. Part of a parent's job is to show kids how to be adults. We model good, bad, and ugly ways to behave in life. If we aren't careful, we could end up sending our kids down a destructive path with the actions we show them.
If we don't give our kids healthy ways to process emotion, then kids will find their own way to deal with it. Often times this isn't healthy. Kids with unprocessed emotion might end up acting out by breaking rules, have attention seeking behaviors, or end up trying to hurt someone physically or emotionally. One of the easiest ways to help kids process emotion is by dealing with our own emotions in a healthy way. They will pick up on what we do.
Not only should we make sure our anger management is under control, we also need to make sure we respond in a healthy way to a child's anger. If we aren't aware and in control of our own emotions, we could end up matching the child's anger and taking it to the next level.
Keep reading this week for 8 anger busters to help your kids have healthy ways to process anger.
Source: Focus on The Family. "Anger Busters For Kids" by Lynne Thompson
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.