Handling Challenging Behaviors in Child Care: Aggression and Anger in Young Children

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Reviewed: 2017

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Dealing with the Angry Child
This article from the Virginia Cooperative Extension explains that parents and teachers can help children learn to cope with their feelings of anger and to express them appropriately.

Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior
How you react when a child lashes out has an effect on whether he will continue to respond to distress in the same way, or learn better ways to handle feelings so they don’t become overwhelming. The Child Mind Institute explains how adults should respond when children lash out.

Helping Young Children Channel Their Aggression
This Zero to Three article presents 12 suggestions that may help parents provide aggressive children with the guidance they need.

Aggressive Behavior in Toddlers
This Zero to Three article will help parents help their child learn to manage strong emotions and reactions as they become aware of themselves as separate individuals from their parents and the other important people in their world.

Helping Young Children Control Anger and Handle Disappointment
Controlling anger and impulse is perhaps the most difficult task of emotional literacy. This article from the Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning explains how teachers can play a significant role in helping children learn to control their anger and impulses and to handle disappointment in appropriate ways.

Why Are These Children Acting This Way?
This video by STARnet Regions I & III Apples Video Magazine presents that all behaviors communicate messages. Children need teachers who model and encourage respectful interactions.


Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
This resource is dedicated to supporting the social and emotional development of young children.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention
This resource helps programs implement the Pyramid Model in early intervention and early education programs.

NAEYC – Guidance and Challenging Behaviors
The National Association for the Education of Young Children provides many resources related to challenging behavior including articles, blogs, and books.