How to Help an Angry 5 Year Old Girl: 8 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Young children often lose control when they get angry.


All children get angry, but when your youngster can’t handle the emotions she’s feeling, you need to step in and lend a hand. Although you may not be able to help your 5 year old get rid of her anger, you can show her how to manage her emotions. Anger is a natural reaction to stress. By teaching your child how to recognize when she’s getting mad, she'll be able to express her anger in positive ways.

Steps

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    Remain calm and in control when dealing with your child. You’ll have better luck reasoning with your angry 5 year old after you both calm down. Getting upset yourself usually only makes things worse.
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    Keep from making your child angrier. Youngsters often have temper tantrums when something upsets them, and it may only take a minor irritation to set your child off in a rage. At times like this, it’s often better to walk away for a while until your child settles down rather than engage in a power struggle.
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    Take steps to reduce the tension quickly, but don’t give in to your child’s demands. By giving in, you’re giving your child a reason to act out. Get your own emotions under control by taking in a deep breath and counting to 10. Then offer your 5 year old choices, which allow her some control over the situation.
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    Remove your child from a stressful situation. Whether the cause of what’s upsetting her is a person, situation or thing, you need to get her to calm down. Showing her that you understand the reason for her upset can help lessen her reaction to the cause of her agitation.
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    Enforce the consequences for your child's behavior only after she’s calmed down. Address bad behavior such as kicking or biting, but don’t discipline her for feeling angry. She needs to learn how to calm herself down.
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    Look for signs that your child is having difficulty dealing with her emotions. Whining or crying is often the first sign that an emotional outburst is on the way. It might not seem logical, but your child may use anger as a defense mechanism to cope with stressful situations.
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    Teach your child how to calm herself before her frustration, anxiety or fear turns to anger. Like adults, children have an easier time managing angry emotions before they erupt into a full-scale rage. Ask your little one to tell you what she feels like inside so that she learns to recognize when her emotions are upset.
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    Suggest physical activity to help calm your child. Running, bouncing, swinging or riding a bike are physical exercises that she can use to calm herself when she feels agitated. Get her involved in an activity that gets her mind off of feeling mad. When distractions and exercise don’t help, you may simply need to give your child some breathing space.

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