Anger Management Methods For Children 5 To 8 Years Old

Anger Management For Children

Small children as young as three years old can have anger management problems. However, studies have shown that you can help you child manage anger better with simple calming techniques when the child in five years and older. A child who is five years and older is old enough to understand that although anger is a perfectly normal emption, it should not cause hurt or sadness for others. If the child has anger management issues then the parents can work with the teachers to help the child control his emotions with simple techniques. Also, the parents must be in touch with the teacher to know the behavioral pattern of the child when he is at school.

Simple & Calming Anger Management Techniques Which Can Help The Child Manage Anger Better:


Tell the child to take a brief timeout whenever he or she starts feeling angry or agitated. This anger management method is helpful for children of all age groups. The timeout will provide the child with sometime to get a better hold of herself and practice breathing exercises. A timeout will provide the child to think about what is making him or her angry. This is a very simple anger management way of helping the child calm himself with quiet time and also to show him that he can control this emotion instead of the emotion controlling him.

Solving the problem:
Another anger management technique is to help the child realize the importance of solving a problem instead of acting out. Research has shown that a child between the age of 5 to 8 years is old enough to know the difference between winning and losing situations. Help him understand that anger does not help one win by giving him example from everyday life and situations around. Have discussion with your child about what other ways can he use to solve a problem apart from anger. Talk to him the importance of communication and tell to resolve a problem by talking next time.

Whenever the child is upset or angry a good anger management technique is to tell him to go and talk with some adult whom he admires and listens to. That person can be anyone, a parent, a teacher, an adult neighbor or anyone else. It is very important for the child to share his or her feelings with someone and if that person can teach the child how communication can solve any resolve then you child definitely feel much less angry.

Words that express:
Children between the age of five and eight are just beginning to understand different emotions. Small children may often confuse two emotions like fear with anger. Anger management technique for this situation is to take a an emotion flash cards for your child. The cards must list all the different emotions as well as have pictures of people demonstrating different emotions for children who are still learning how to read. Whenever, you feel that your child is having a strong emotional response to a situation do this anger management technique – ask him to pick a card, that way you will know for sure what your child is feeling. You can then further communicate with the child once you know for sure what he is feeling.

Story telling:
Books like:
-“I Am So Angry, I Could Scream” by Laura Fox and Chris Sabatino, or
-“Mad Isn’t Bad” by Michaelene Mundy
Are aimed at creating a fictional character who deals with angry feeling in healthy manner in a simple story telling fashion. These anger management books are meant for small children who have difficulty in coping with emotions and they are known to be very helpful.

22 thoughts on “Anger Management Methods For Children 5 To 8 Years Old

  • September 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    It would really be frightful to see a child in so much anger. The tips you provided can really be useful in helping a child to control his anger. For me, good and effective communication with them is the best way to mold their personality.

  • December 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Even with my son being 11 a time out seems to help a lot. He actually puts himself in timeout in his room. After he cools down for a while, he comes out of his room and is a totally different person.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Parents are indeed the most important element in the anger management learning process of children. It is a normal part of the growing up stage to be angry even with the lamest situation but children should be taught how to properly deal with such situations. Children who have anger management issues during childhood will most likely to have more serious problems when they grow up. Studies have shown that these kids have a high tendency of becoming physically abusive of others later in their lives. Thus, parents should really guide their children properly and be good role models to them. Thank you for these tips.

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