Aggression

It is common for kids and adults alike to struggle with how to respond when they are angry or overwhelmed, but aggression and intimidation is never the answer. Here at Empowering Parents we believe, as James Lehman said, “There is no excuse for abuse.” Children become aggressive for many reasons, but often it comes back to the same place so many negative behaviors start: a lack of problem solving skills. To change this negative pattern of behavior, it is necessary for one to replace the aggressive and abusive acting out behaviors with healthier, more appropriate ways of solving the problem. If your child is verbally or physically aggressive and you fear that it may get worse if it is not addressed, important things to remember are you’re not alone, you’re not a “bad” parent and you don’t have a “bad” child.  What you do have is a challenging situation that needs to be managed immediately and effectively. In the articles below, our experts offer real solutions to help you address your child's aggression so that you can take that next step towards lasting change.  Here are some articles to get you started:

Stop Aggressive Behavior in Kids and Tweens: Is Your Child Screaming, Pushing and Hitting?

Aggressive Child Behavior Part I: Fighting in School and at Home

Aggressive Child Behavior Part II: 7 Tools to Stop Fighting in School and at Home

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How to Manage Aggressive Child Behavior

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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I’ve talked with a lot of parents who feel out of control in the face of their child’s anger and aggression. In fact, I can’t tell you how many moms and dads have said, “I feel like I’m failing at parenting." In my opinion, it’s not so important why you as a parent aren’t effective... Read more »

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Passive-Aggressive Child Behavior: Hidden Anger in Kids

By James Lehman, MSW

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Passive-aggressive resistance is when kids learn to develop power over you by resisting you. It's the opposite of aggression: instead of threatening or yelling at you, a passive-aggressive child simply doesn’t answer you. He ignores you. He just walks into the house, goes upstairs, and doesn't say anything. When you call up to his room, he... Read more »

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