When your child is acting out, it can be hard to know how to deal with it. There are some things you can try to address their behaviour.
- Try to separate your child’s feelings from their behaviour- make it clear you’re not dismissing their anger by saying it is okay to feel angry sometimes.
- Try not to get angry yourself- use a calm voice and open body language e.g., don’t hold your arms.
- Avoid asking them lots of questions when they are angry- acknowledge their feelings and let them know it would be good to talk about it when they are ready.
- If it feels right, offer them some space to calm down- especially with older children give them some space to do something they enjoy calming down e.g., listening to music this may make it easier for them to process their feelings.
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