“Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.”
~ Lyman Abbott
The first step is to listen to the child, then acknowledge the negative feelings and then direct the feelings into safe and appropriate outlets.
Parent: “Time to turn the TV off and get to bed.”
Child: “Nooooo, I don’t want to and I’m not going to bed now.”
Parent: “You don’t like when you have to turn the TV off.”
Child: “No, I don’t!”
Parent: “It’s frustrating to have to leave your show in the middle. We can go up to bed and read book- let’s see how many bunny hops it takes to get to your room.”
You’ve acknowledged the feelings, listened to the child’s emphatic “No!” and then came up with a solution that may physically work out the angry feelings as well as re-direct the child to the transition to bedtime.
Remember anger in humans, even little ones, is a normal emotion and learning how to manage it is a skill that lasts a lifetime.by Claire Gawinowicz