Model Appropriate Anger Management Skills

The best way to teach your child how to deal with anger is by showing them how you deal with your emotions when you feel angry. If your child watches you lose your temper, they will likely do the same. But, if they see you cope with your feelings in a kinder, gentler way, they will pick up on that too.

Although it’s important to shield your child from many adult problems, it’s healthy to show them how you handle angry feelings. Point out times when you feel frustrated so your child understands that adults get mad sometimes too.

It’s OK to say, “I’m angry the car in front of us didn’t stop to let those kids cross the street. But I’m going to stop so they can cross safely.” Verbalizing your feelings will teach your child to talk about their emotions too.