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Anger Management

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2009

Gaining Control and Establishing Discipline

managesliderAnger management is a serious issue among school age children. Aggressive behavior can be triggered by many different events in a child’s life. These events can happen at home, at school, or out in the world that we live in. what is important is learning how to recognize the early signs of anger problems and dealing with ways to resolve and control anger before it gets to an unmanageable point. Punishment is effective enough, but often causes more rebellion than what might have happened in the first place.

What if instead of intervention and treatment of anger problems after the fact, there was a classroom or forum that could teach children how to properly manage their anger and other feelings in the first place? What if this class or lesson could start at the elementary level and be further explored in later grades as children age and develop? It might seem a touchy subject, but in trying to create more successful children for the future and avoid a world where angry children turn into violent adults who are not productive to our society, it might be the only solution that works.

In dealing with anger management, it is important to know what to look for, the stages of anger, and the response or intervention that is right for any situation. Preparation and planning can also be effective tools to lessen the chance of violence and anger-related problems within the school system. Here are some things to keep in mind:

-There are many sources of anger and frustration for children. Teachers who are inconsistent, failure, boredom, a lack of positive recognition, and overexposure to punishment are the most common sources.

-Those who are predisposed to anger problems will have fewer coping skills and a lesser ability to cope with feelings of frustration, which can manifest into serious problems including bullying, acting out, and serious violence in some cases.

-There are five stages of anger: anxiety, stress, defensiveness, physical aggression, and tension reduction. Understanding these stages, how to recognize them and the proper response for each child is critical.

-Understand that punishment is not always the answer. If a child does something wrong, they should be punished. However, punishment often only leads to more issues in the future. Perhaps there can be some consideration here for teaching children about their feelings and how to respond appropriately. Don’t berate them. Educate them.

-Intervention into anger and anger management starts with prevention. If you are prepared and able to put preventative measures in place, you will have fewer problems with anger and violence among students. Not every situation will be avoided, but many of them will.

-It is the job of the adult to establish trust with children and remain in control. A therapeutic attitude will get you far, because children feel like they can relate or trust you. Rather than taking a ‘tough love’ approach, try taking an empathic route instead.

Whether or not anger management education will ever be put into place is an unknown issue. However, if it were used, it could become the best tool in anger management among the public school system. Others  have opinions on this subject including those found on the following website:



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