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Helping Kids Handle Big Emotions at Different Ages

October 19, 2021

Anger, frustration, anxiety, shame: One thing kids of all ages have in common is difficulty handling big, uncomfortable emotions. In younger kids the result is tantrums and outbursts. Teenagers lash out, too, but trouble managing emotions can also result in self-destructive behaviors, including self-injury and suicidality.

This week on childmind.org we’re rounding up resources for helping kids cope with uncomfortable emotions. With support, they can learn to express themselves in ways that get their needs met, not get them into trouble. Our experts pass along strategies for managing tantrums, helping kids calm down and boosting self-control. And for children who struggle with severe emotional instability, there is a very effective treatment called DBT.

Related Resources

How to Handle Tantrums and Meltdowns

Helping little kids learn to manage big emotions.

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How to Help Children Calm Down

Techniques for helping kids regulate their feelings and avoid lashing out.

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How Can We Help Kids With Self-Regulation?

Some kids need help learning to resist impulsive behavior.

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The Power of Positive Attention

How to use it (instead of negative attention) to change behavior.

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DBT: What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

A treatment for children and teenagers with serious trouble handling emotions.

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Help for Cutting and Other Self-Injury

When kids intentionally hurt themselves as a way to manage difficult emotions.

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