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How to Handle an Over-The-Top Temper?

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      How to Handle an Over-The-Top Temper?

      Q: When a child displays an over-the-top temper, what can a parent to do?

      One of the most difficult challenges we face as parents is helping our kids
      manage their anger and frustration. It's so hard not to lose our control when
      our kids lose their control.

      The time to start helping your child with angry, hurt, and frustrated feelings
      is often before these big emotions show up, although that's not always
      possible. And being a role model on handling conflict and hurt peacefully is
      great, but it might have taken years for you to perfect those skills, while
      your kids have been around just a few short years.

      I think of ten-year-old Brody. Whenever he was hurt, frustrated, or angry, he
      would yell, scream, kick, or punch - himself or his sister. He fought over the
      smallest things - like what was for breakfast or where to sit in the car. His
      parents tried everything - time out, taking away privileges, talking calmly -
      nothing seemed to help.

      When we started working together, what helped Brody get in control of his
      over-the-top temper was to use the Imagination Tools of...

      (1) Talking to his Feelings,

      (2) Using Color for Healing, and

      (3) The Balloon Breath.

      Here's what he did:

      He used his Balloon Breath to calm himself and turn inside to imagine where he
      kept his big bad feelings. He didn't just have anger lurking - there was worry,
      frustration, hurt, and disappointment. White worry about grades hid in his
      belly. Black Frustration about not getting what he wanted made a big black hole
      in his back. Purple Hurt rang in his ears and Gray Disappointment turned up as
      a big block in his neck. By the time we got to Muddy Anger, he realized it was
      a combination of the other four feelings, and this helped him understand where
      his outbursts came from. That made our next step to look for the positive
      emotions that could act as an antidote to the other negative ones easier.

      Use positives to create antidote combo:

      Brody found Calm Blue at the top of his head - and breathing the color down
      into his body helped soothe his anger a bit and washed Worry away. His Happy
      feelings were like a neon splash on his chest, and when he visualized them
      spreading, it let go of Disappointment. And when Brody found Red Love in his
      heart, well, it seemed like an all-purpose healer. Brody said that when Love
      moved up his body, it vanished all his bad feelings.

      What to remember from Brody's story? Imagination Tools can be the mind's own
      sedative. Assist your child in choosing ones that appeal to him and it'll be a
      likely start down the road toward inner peace.

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      About Dr. Charlotte Reznick
      Charlotte Reznick PhD specializes in helping children and adolescents develop
      the emotional skills necessary for a happy and successful life. She is a
      licensed educational psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of
      Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Charlotte is the creator of Imagery For Kids^TM:
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