Young children can express aggressive behavior as they develop. According to Zero to Three, aggressiveness is part of a child’s healthy development. Since young children have a limited capacity to express themselves using words, they heavily use gestures to communicate. Such children exhibit aggressive attitudes toward peers or adults when their messages do not go across. Allowing children to engage in healthy and constructive activities can help manage aggressive attitudes effectively.
Children may get angry when recipients do not receive or respond to their messages. Zero to Three advises that giving such children drawing material can be a useful way of helping them express their anger. Drawing also helps experts identify whether a child has been a victim of abuse or neglect.
Reading and Writing
A parent can help aggressive children manage anger constructively through reading and writing. According to Zero to Three, giving aggressive children storybooks, menus, and magazines helps them redirect their anger from harming others to developing critical reading and writing skills. Reading helps children develop their vocabularies and familiarizes them with text. Writing is also a constructive way of diverting aggressive children’s anger. The children develop good writing skills, creativity and good language command.
Though aggressive behavior is part of the healthy development of a child, sometimes it can get out of hand. This happens when the child becomes unruly and excessively violent without serious provocation. Parents can avoid such occurrences by reinforcing positive behavior in their children. According to HealthyChildren.org, parents should separate children from others when they show uncontrollable rage. Separate the child from others and assign household chores that he or she can manage. This also helps the child to learn responsibility at an early age.
Some children continue to express aggressive behavior past the age of 3. In such cases, parents or caregivers can manage the behavior by allowing them to participate in healthy activities, such as play. Play helps such children manage their attitudes effectively by letting them participate in assuming roles. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, allowing aggressive children to take part in creative arts and play enhances their social and emotional development.
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