It is common for children to experience difficulty managing emotions such as anger, frustration, sadness and disappointment (it is often difficult for adults too!)

While there is nothing wrong with experiencing these emotions, it is concerning when children display behaviours such as throwing, hitting, screaming, yelling, and destruction of property in response to these emotions.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your child to manage these emotions before they start throwing things around the room.

The first step is to teach your child that while it is OK to feel mad, sad, angry, disappointed etc. it is not ok to throw, hit or break things when they feel that way. Teach them that they have other options and that you can help them work out what options will work for them, including:

Breathing Techniques
This is a really simple one – teach your child to breathe in deeply, count to 3, and breathe out deeply again, counting to 3… to learn more, click here.

Stimlus Free Zone
Create a place in your home where your child can go that is free from noises and distractions, so they have space for a break when they feel themselves getting worked up… to learn more, click here.

Physical Movements
For some children, a subtle movement such as sqeezing their fists together and releasing them over and over again can really help release pent up emotions… to learn how, click here.

For more ideas, head over to the “calming techniques” section in the strategies area of our website.

Note that you will need to teach your child these strategies when they are calm (and practice them as often as they can before the emotions get the better of them!) so they know what they can do next time they start to feel mad, sad, angry or upset.

How do you get your kids to calm down when they are mad, sad, upset or angry? Let us know in the comments below!


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