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What can I do when my child is having an angry outburst?
The best practice in dealing with these situations with your child, is to remain calm and neutral. Many parents often get into the habit of arguing or yelling back at their child during an outburst. This type of interaction only adds fuel to the fire and can cause the situation to get more out of control. Do not attempt to reason or talk with your child when they are in the middle of a tantrum. They are only seeing red at this point and are not listening to what you have to say. The best approach is to patiently wait until they have calmed down, then talk it through later.
What can I do to help my child better manage their emotions when upset?
One of the easiest ways to curb inappropriate temper tantrums, is to role model appropriate behavior when you are angry to your child. Try saying simple phrases to your child such as:
"I am angry, so I am going to take a break." "I don't want to talk to you right now because I feel angry. I will talk to later when I calm down"
Admitting you are feeling angry is not a sign of weakness. It is important that your child understands that it is OKAY to be angry, as it is a normal emotion everyone experiences. As a parent, you want your child to learn how to appropriately manage their feelings when they feel upset.