How to Help Your Child Manage Anger in a Healthy Way

April 8, 2024

Parents can play a crucial role in helping children manage their anger by modeling healthy expression and encouraging open communication within the family. Teaching coping strategies like deep breathing and validating emotions while setting clear boundaries can provide children with essential tools to navigate their feelings effectively. Teaching problem-solving skills and offering consistent emotional support during challenging times is also important.

Here are a few ideas:
1. Deep Breathing: Take slow, deep breaths to calm the body and mind.


2. Counting Technique: Pause and count to ten or twenty before reacting.


3. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): Tense and release muscles to reduce physical tension.


4. Mindful Awareness: Observe thoughts and sensations without judgment.


5. Grounding Techniques: Focus on sensory experiences in the present moment.


These skills can help individuals manage their anger effectively by promoting relaxation and interrupting automatic responses to anger triggers. Practice and repetition can enhance their effectiveness over time.

For therapists guiding families, conducting family therapy sessions can create a safe space for open dialogue. Providing psychoeducation on anger management and identifying triggers to minimize their impact are key steps. Teaching communication skills and promoting emotional regulation within the family dynamic can help improve overall interaction. Developing behavior management plans and offering ongoing support and follow-up are essential for sustained progress in reducing anger outbursts and fostering a supportive environment.

~ Cleo Chalk, Resident in Counseling

Looking for additional tips? Check out our resources page and get connected with someone on the Wise Family Wellness team!

Stay Wise,

Dr. Amy F. Parks
Owner of Wise Family Wellness