Some children cannot control their anger or just “mainitin ang ulo.” There are times that it could go out of hand or could be exhausting to the parents.
Don't fret! KAMI learned that there are helpful tips for parents to calm their children.
Here are the 6 tips you can do to calm an angry child:
1. Be understanding
According to Smart Parenting, it is fine that children are easily angered because first of all, they are not mature enough.
“Since they don't have a fully developed frontal cortex to help them self-regulate, children are even more prone to lashing out when they're angry,” Dr. Laura Markham explained.
In addition, the children do not know yet that there are ways to deal with their anger instead of throwing a tantrum.
However, the parents must teach their child that feeling angry is okay but it is also important to keep calm and communicate their emotions.
2. Give children space but not isolation
In a report by the Philippine News, parents can introduce some ways for children to relieve tensions. There are times that they could get physical, and introducing them to punching a pillow or squeezing the blanket could help them release their anger.
Another helpful tip is introducing them to calm down in a corner and just release their emotions. It is important to give them space, but make sure that the child does not feel isolated.
3. Hear them out
It will be more helpful to hear the side of the children because feeling heard could also help the child let go of the anger.
Creating a home that allows a child to express their emotions and just open is much better.
“If you can keep yourself from getting triggered and acknowledge why your child is upset, his anger will begin to calm,” Dr. Markham said.
4. Refrain from over-reacting
The parent’s reaction to the child’s behavior will greatly affect his/her own emotions. Therefore, the calmness of the parents is important and it could easily calm the children as well.
It was reported that yelling and aggression could just worsen the situation between the child and the parents.
5. Communicate with the child once he has calmed down
Children can easily listen to their parents once they have calmed down.
“Once your child has calmed down enough to think clearly, let your child tell you what happened,” Eileen Kennedy-Moore said.
She also explained that it is important to express empathy so that the child could feel he was heard and comforted. Responding to a child’s anger or tantrum with gentleness and compassion could make it easier for them to deal with strong emotions.
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