The way you respond to your child’s anger will influence how they continue to respond and feel about their angry outburst.
It might be helpful to keep a journal of the times when your child has an outburst or expresses that they are feeling angry or anxious. Also note down what they were doing before the outburst or what they were planning to do prior to their unhappiness.
If you have already worked with children or have your own children/grandchildren then you will know that anything that encourages children to self-regulate their sometimes unsettled emotions is a very helpful skill, especially so in a formal classroom environment where one child’s unsettled emotions can set a few of the other children off as well.
A direct route into the present moment is through our senses, which is why as parents we should look at different ways of bringing awareness to our senses whilst continuing with everyday life. Remember that when we are being mindful and are in the present moment, at that particular moment…feelings of anxiety are not at the forefront of our thoughts.
Throughout our lives, both children and adults will have periods of un-ease, where we do not sleep well, we lose our appetite, we eat too much, we don’t feel like going to sleep or we want to sleep all day due to fatigue. But the important thing is to learn how to be aware of how we are feeling.
The Chilled Out Child life coaching programme offers busy parents the opportunity to learn essential meditation and mindfulness techniques which can be incorporated effortlessly into family life.