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Kids and Anger

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

July 12, 2022

Anger is tough for children to manage and just as tough for parents to respond to – especially without getting angry themselves. It can be overwhelming for kids, and frustrating, even frightening, for those around them. From childish temper tantrums to teenage rages, anger is normal. But when kids lack the skills to handle it in a healthy way, it can cause them serious problems.

That’s why this week we’re rounding up resources on how to help kids learn how to express big emotions in a safer way. We look at what might be causing a child’s anger, and how we can help them learn to cope with uncomfortable feelings. And we discuss how to know when extreme tantrums and defiance are outside the healthy range, and kids might benefit from professional help.

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Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior

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