Do you easily get angry with your children?
Parents who want to work on their issues to improve the day-to-day lives of their children deserve respect. Littsint is a service providing free materials for parents who want to work on anger management. The content and tools have been developed by Steinar Sunde, a specialist psychologist at the Norwegian Family Counselling Centre.
Here’s his advice:
1. Take responsibility
If you feel you want to shout or grab the child, take responsibility, and walk away from the situation.
2. Remember it’s normal
Remind yourself that your child’s behaviour is completely normal for their age. It’s not a question of the child having no respect or you not being up to the job.
3. Talk to the child
Once you’ve calmed down, go back and talk to the child as you would want them to talk to you.
4. You’re the role model
Remember that you are first and foremost a role model, who teaches the child acceptable ways to talk to one another at home.