Parent Tip

Teaching Children Anger Management

Every child experiences problems as a normal aspect of growing up.  As a parent or guardian, it’s your task to address these problems so that they don’t escalate or resurface in later life when they’re more difficult to solve.  Stay alert to changes in your children’s behavior.  Watch for signs of:

Depression

Millions of American children suffer from this disease, which will not simply go away.  Children suffering from depression need the attention of a professional counselor.  Be alert to:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Difficulty or inability to concentrate or focus.
  • Falling school grades. Even a drop from a “A” to a “B” can be significant.
  • Frequent headaches, stomachaches or body aches.
  • Lack of energy or change in sleep patterns.
  • Weight or appetite change.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Difficulty getting along with others.
  • Loss of interest in extracurricular activities.
  • Talk about suicide, even said as a joke.

Always check with your child’s doctor to determine if a symptom is a medical problem that requires an office visit.

Drug Use

Many drugs are readily available to children.  Open conversations with your children about the dangers and consequences of drug use carry more weight than simply telling them to say “NO.”  Many signs of drug use are the same as those of depression.  Watch for the signs listed above and also for:

  • Fatigue or excessive drowsiness.
  • Radical mood changes.
  • Change in friendships.
  • Slurred speech or incoherence.
  • Bleary eyes with changed pupils.
  • Change in clothing choice.
  • Decline in grooming and/or personal hygiene.

Child Abuse

Victims of child abuse need immediate help.  Here are some warning signs:

  • Physical signs: Unexplained bruises, welts, burns or fractures; unkempt or malnourished appearance; loss of appetite; disturbed sleep.
  • Behavioral signs: Abrupt changes in behavior (clinging, aggressiveness, withdrawal, anxiety); fear of a certain person or place; discomfort with physical contact.

Violent Behavior

Children who are violent can endanger themselves as well as other.  Watch for these warning signs and don’t hesitate to seek professional help if this sounds like your child:

  • Threats to others and use of put-down words.
  • Destruction of property.
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger.
  • Aggressive bullying and/or physical fighting with peers or family members.
  • Setting fires.
  • Cruelty to animals.
  • Possession or use of weapons.
  • Little remorse for causing others pain or discomfort.
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse.
  • Self-destructive tendencies.

Learning Disabilities

Being aware of your children’s learning disabilities enables you to help them develop compensation skills.  Without these skills, children become frustrated, disillusioned and unmotivated.  Watch for these signs:

  • Difficulty in reading or taking a long time to read a short piece.
  • Need to reread text several times to comprehend the meaning.
  • Confusion about the order of letters, words or numbers.
  • Inability to understand charts, graphs, diagrams or maps.

© 2002 The Positive Line #79930 Rev. 11/04 Item # FCJ-22

 

 

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