Anger Management in Kids - Incorporating the 5 Love Languages

Anger Management in Kids - Incorporating the 5 Love Languages

Anger Management in Kids - Incorporating the 5 Love Languages

Let’s talk about anger management. Is your child throwing tantrums? Do they raise their hands to their siblings? Are they expressing emotions through biting their peers? Or are you noticing the beginnings of passive-aggressive behaviors? Anger management is crucial for all people! However, as parents, it is our responsibility to teach our kids appropriately. How else will they learn?

There are so many viewpoints that I have considered before writing this blog. Here is one that I feel encompassed the entirety of a child (emotional, physical, social, etc) with meeting their needs. The book I recommend is The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. Let’s talk about it.

In summary, there are 5 love languages - Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Receiving Gifts. Rest assured, your child is in need of all of these! Each person has one or two main ways they feel loved but overall need all five. How are you meeting these needs? 

Other than a toddler or child learning how to communicate effectively and therefore experimenting with physical violence, one of the MAIN reasons why your child is likely acting out is for attention. They are feeling emotions and feel that they need to express them - this is their way of showing you. As humans, we have an inherent need to feel loved and seen. So how are you meeting each of these five areas of love? Do you know your child’s main love language? 

Tailoring Strategies Across Age Groups

How Do I Handle Anger In My Toddler?

Toddlers need to feel secure and know that their basic needs for attention and care are being met as they start navigating their emotions. Usually strategies of Physical Touch, Quality Time, and simple Acts of Service can be most beneficial. Toddlers need to feel seen. To help, here are some simple ideas. Hold your toddler in your arms and read a book together. Make strong eye contact with your child when you are telling them that you love them, when you are complementing or reinforcing good behavior, and even when you are correcting behavior. When your child is playing with their toys, be intentional about spending at least ten minutes of your time a couple times per day assisting your child with their choice of play - help with a puzzle, go through your ABCs, assist with putting together a train track, etc.

How Do I Handle Anger In My Students?

School-Age children will benefit from all five love languages but with an emphasis on Words of Affirmation and Quality Time. This age is about guiding your child to recognize their emotions and respond to them in socially appropriate ways. They are learning how to manage their emotions and how to fit in at school - you are their main teacher. Tell your child what you applaud and recognize they are doing well (be honest!) and spend time with your child. Practice social situations such as dining out, how to treat others, what to do if they feel embarrassed or upset in different situations. Make it a game and go over different scenarios. This can be fun! Not only is your child learning but you are also learning about your child. You may also learn something too!

How Do I Handle Anger In My Teenager?

Teens may respond well to Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Words of Affirmation. This age is about building trust and opening channels of communication so that the teen feels comfortable sharing their feelings and learning to manage complex emotions. At this stage, your teenager is gaining independence - you’ll see a lot less of your child and therefore the moments you get are highly important. If your child’s love language is physical touch, are you giving them a hug before they leave for school and when you see them after school? Are you able to write a positive affirmation note for their lunch or for them to find in their backpack when reaching for a pencil? Are you able to designate time to date your child - take them out for an activity or simply out to dinner one on one! The little moments you get are far more important than you may realize.

 

Anger management in kids, from toddlers to teens, requires patience, understanding, and a toolbox of strategies tailored to their emotional needs and developmental stage. By applying the principles of the Five Love Languages, parents and caregivers can offer support through the various phases of a child’s emotional growth, helping shape a future where anger is handled constructively and compassionately. These children who learn how to communicate appropriately when feeling different emotions will thrive in our world today and will be set up for healthy relationships with others and themselves. 

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