How to help a child deal with anger
Anger is a normal emotion, but the key is learning how to manage the feeling. For our youngsters, it can be a hard lesson to learn. Lesley is seeking your suggestions and perspective:
What do you do with your young child's frustration and anger? I need creative ideas for appropriate expression of anger for my 3 1/2 year old son. I let him know it's ok to be mad but not ok to throw things, hit, call names. I always give him suggestions for things to do instead but he never takes to it. So where can a little boy put that anger and frustration? He talks really well so verbal expression is no problem, but I feel like a physical outlet might be good for him, if possible?
What worked? What didn't? What are some phrases we can use to redirect or suggest alternatives?