Health Tip: Deal With a Child's Aggressive
(HealthDay News) -- Children can behave aggressively as they
learn how to appropriately express their emotions.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for
parents when children behave aggressively:
- Teach your child the rules of the home, and be consistent in
- Remove temptation (such as keeping forbidden items out of
reach) to help reduce instances of tantrums and aggressive
- Smile at and praise the child for good behavior.
- Explain to your child that calmly using appropriate words is a
better way to express anger than biting, hitting or kicking.
- Stress that it's not important who started aggressive behavior,
and that it's never appropriate to act aggressively or to hurt
- For children as young as one year, use a time-out to help the
child calm down.
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