FRUSTRATION AND AGGRESSION
A child’s behaviour tells us something about their inner world. What’s the emotion behind aggression? What can we do to address aggression at its root instead of getting caught up in the cycle of managing symptoms? Lets explore what is behind the challenging behaviours that we see in our students as well as look to ways we can reduce outbursts in our classrooms.
WEBINAR: Understanding and intervening with frustration
Eva de Gosztonyi
When things are not going as we want them to, emotions rise and things can go over the top leading to tantrums and attack. This presentation will introduce the underlying emotion of frustration, and then explain why some children have a hard time managing their frustration. We will look at ways of intervening that have proven to be the most effective for helping these children.
To view the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=intI0UZpVAU&t=31s
EDITORIAL: When Push Comes to Shove: The Answer to Children’s Aggression
Aggressive behaviour in children can be alarming. Hitting, screaming and yelling, fighting with others, and even eye rolling are emotionally charged actions that can leave parents at a loss for how to respond. Getting to the root of aggression is key to helping your child navigate their feelings and develop self-control.
To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/when-push-comes-to-shove-the-answer-to-children-s-aggression
Kids Need a Safe Space to Feel
Our kids are experiencing an emotional crisis. Children are more anxious, aggressive, and shut down than ever. We are seeing clear evidence of this in our schools, our homes, our neighbourhoods and our community spaces.
To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/kids-need-a-safe-space-to-feel
What our Kids Need Us to Understand about Aggression
There are likely few things more provocative to a parent than attacking behaviour from kids. The hardest challenge arises when our own kids are attacking each other, and our loyalties are stretched in two directions. Our instincts to protect the attacked child will jump into gear as well as our frustration.
To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/what-our-kids-need-us-to-understand-about-aggression
What to do with Frustration
If one were trying to create a recipe for frustration, these past few months would be the winning combination. Frustration is one of our primary mammalian emotions and it arises when things are not going the way we want them to. Not being able to move about the world as we are used to doing? Frustrating!
To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/what-to-do-with-frustration
Ten Things Not To Do When a Child is Frustrated or Having a Tantrum
Every child seems to have their own signature move when it comes to lashing out in frustration including screaming, kicking, yelling, throwing, stomping, name calling, to self attack. Knowing how to lead a child through their emotional storms can feel challenging.
To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/ten-things-not-to-do-when-a-child-is-frustrated-or-having-a-tantrum