Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
So you've noticed your child is angry, you've taken the time to understand why and offered your support, you've helped them let go of those uncomfortable feelings from their body. Now what?
Well that all depends on what caused their anger.
If they are angry because they were uncomfortable feeling and expressing disappointment, sadness or embarrassment, they will need help to work through those more vulnerable feelings.
If they are angry because they were unfairly treated by a friend, they may need help to stand up for themselves and have that difficult conversation with their friend to set clear boundaries. They may need you to coach them to learn how to do that.
When anger is a result of someone having violated a boundary and places your child at risk of harm, your child will need support with more than just working through their feelings. Sometimes, helping them with anger will require that you as a parent protect or defend your child. So, if they are angry because they are being bullied at school, you need to contact school staff to ensure that they will be safe and that they bullying will be addressed!
What do you need to do to help your child truly resolve their anger?