Does your child have times of angry outbursts? Is it hard for him to control his frustration? Does she start screaming uncontrollably? Does your child end up in fights at school, with siblings or with you? Does it seem your child doesn’t want to listen to you? Do you feel shut out of your child’s life? Do you feel your child is mad at you?
Children express their emotions through their behavior. They may be feeling emotional hurt or pain, sadness, frustration over change, loss and may get angry over feeling shame or guilt. Fear may be a very big factor in their “acting out” with anger. Fear of loss, fear of abandonment, fear of being left alone, maybe fear of disappointing you as their parent or caregiver.
Having a positive relationship with your child is important to them. If you feel disconnected, out-of-touch with your child or feeling frustrated yourself in how to handle your child, you are not alone. Many parents who come with their children express their concerns with our trained counselors. Over the years, we have found that when a parent takes an interest in their child’s well-being and seeks help for them, more often than not, the child responds to counseling in a favorable manner. Tension between the parent and the child decreases and communication can improve greatly.
Feel free to contact any of our counselors listed below to learn more about anger in children and/or to set up a time to meet.