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Parents' Guide: Sam Gets Mad and Calms Down

Reinforce the Message: Feeling Better When You Feel Mad continued...

When your child is mad, try not to ignore her anger or demand that she stop being mad. This won't help her learn how to handle strong feelings like anger and stress. Instead, help your child find ways to release anger when she wants to strike out or explode.

Talk with your child about what is making her mad and how to solve the problem. If a young child won't talk to a person, she may be willing to talk to a stuffed animal, family pet, or imaginary friend.

Think about relaxing activities that can help your child de-stress, such as a bath or finger-painting.

If your child has ongoing problems with anger, talk to your pediatrician.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on May 10, 2014
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