Boys Town Strategies for Taming Child Aggression

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Aggressive behaviors often change as your child grows and develops. Boys Town offers tips to minimize children's aggression.

Boys Town releases advice for parents on minimizing your child’s aggression and teaching him or her how to communicate positively. Aggressive behaviors often change as your child grows and develops. Some common aggressive behaviors may include: biting, pinching, rough play, screaming, yelling, hitting or throwing objects. The national child care organization, started over 90 years ago, encourages families to watch your child during aggressive outbursts and see if there are any patterns that occur before child’s outbursts.

1.    Identify triggers and prompt your child to cool down when upset
2.    Set expectations and provide consistent consequences for bad behavior and praise non-aggressive/positive behaviors
3.    Parents should stay cool and avoid negotiating with your child
4.    Teach and praise alternative positive behaviors
5.    Give your child clear expectations

“These strategies help build your child’s awareness of his or her actions,” said Kristen Abbondante, Boys Town Psychologist. “These steps should improve your child’s ability to regulate their emotions and reduce aggression.”

Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on best parenting and discipline practices. These strategies incorporate those teachings and can be used for effective parenting in the home.

You can find more information at http://www.parenting.org. The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

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