Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Parents Need Anger Management Too!

Raising children can be one of life's most difficult and rewarding challenges. Our annoyance tolerance is constantly challenged every day. kids don't necessarily know they are making us upset (although some do!). Depending on a child's age or developmental stage, they may be doing things inadvertently that create stress or anger in us, as parents, without meaning to do so.

Most parents know that behavior is learned. Where do we acquire skills? Well, you guessed it, from our own primary caregivers. Our children learn on how we respond and react to them. We are teaching them how to exist in the world under pressure, stress and various situations simply by watching us. Some of this happens consciously, while some of it happens without them even knowing it!

We often refer to kids having "sponges" for brains. They take in everything, and quickly. Language acquisition skills are at the peak between the time we are born and about 8 years of age. This is why children who grow up in multi-lingual environments can acquire several languages at once, but older children or adults have a much more difficult time.

Parents who do not have good anger management skills can benefit greatly from taking an anger management class specifically designed for parents. Parents who improve their skills in anger management get two benefits. One, they will be better equipped to not behave badly with with their kids when feeling angry, and 2, their kids also gain skills in handling feelings of displeasure.

Skills specific to educating parents how to better manage anger can be taught either in a live anger management program or in a anger class just for parents taught online. There is no need to wait, skills for anger management can be gained and changes can be made almost immediately. Don't let you or your children suffer, the skills you need are a click away!

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