It is an unfortunate reality that some children are exposed to aggression and violence at a young age which may have an impact on their behaviours.
Behaviours you might see in a child who has been exposed to aggression:
- Violence in play between toys, or violent actions in imaginative play
- Drawings depicting violence
- Aggressive actions towards children in the play ground or other adults
- Self injurious behaviours
This list is not exhaustive and there may obviously be many other reasons why children might demonstrate these behaviours.
What to do
When children have been exposed to aggression but are now safe, some ways to foster healthy expression of anger may be to talk with your child about
- Helpful and unhelpful behaviours – what are unhelpful behaviours when people are expression anger
- Helpful and unhelpful choices – talking to your choice about how we all have the power of choice.
- Counting to ten and breathing deeply
- Talking about what has made them angry
- Doing something active to ‘get their anger out’ such as playing a game outside
Children with developmental delays might find it more difficult to recognise and communicate their anger. Helping them to do this and reinforcing positive ways of managing anger can make for a happier household. For more information on how you might do this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org