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Help your teen deal with anger

You watched your child grow into a beautiful teenager. You remember the days when you could easily hold your kid in your arms. You remember your first day with your child. You’ve nurtured them and taught them to be a kind, independent individual. You love their sense of humor and they have always made you smile—even when they were really little. You also remember those terrible twos. You remember small tantrums and stomping feet.

Now that your child is a teen, you want to make sure their anger is under control.

If you notice these tendencies, you may want to help your teen take steps towards management:

  • Your teen gets overly angry at all inconveniences.
  • Your teen’s anger results in aggression or violence.
  • Your teen seems to dwell on what has angered them.
  • Your teen seems out of control of their emotions.
  • Your teen becomes reckless and destructive instead of coping.

If your teen displays these behaviors, you can help. Your teen may just be reacting to typical life changes. The transitions that teen years encompass can be difficult to navigate. Communicate with your teen and try to discuss everything they are dealing with. You can help them take steps to manage their anger.

Some of these steps include:

  • Encourage your child to talk about their anger and admit to it. They must acknowledge they are angry in order to break it down. This could help them get to the root of their anger.
  • Listen and empathize with your teen. Communicate your support. Don’t write off their anger as unimportant. Listen to what your teen has to say and try to identify with their emotions.
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle. You can provide healthy meal options for your child. Suggest family walks or other activities that provide exercise. Monitor your child’s stress and make sure they are not taking on too much. Talk to them about their sleep habits and make sure they are getting sufficient sleep.
  • Provide your child with resources. It may be beneficial for your child to talk to someone outside of the family about their feelings. You can also provide them with online sources or printed literature.
  • Work together to solve problems and identify triggers. You can talk to your child about different problem solving techniques. Different approaches to solving problems could help minimize anger from occurring. When you and your teen identify triggers, you can help establish plans for avoiding and dealing with these triggers.

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