To Master Anger, First Understand It

Your child is prone to violent outbursts and angry tirades, which is frustrating — not to mention scary. Teach her to manage her anger with these strategies — designed by noted ADHD expert Ned Hallowell to lift the burden from parents and empower kids.

Contract with Your Teen

Help for Parents of Angry ADD/ADHD Teens

What if you have an aggressive ADD/ADHD teen who ignores your warnings and elbows you out of the way when he’s upset? Again, words are important. Use them to negotiate a contract -- “If you do X, Y will happen. If you don’t, Z will.” Consequences should not change, and must be consistently enforced.

When he does break the contract, physical chores -- mowing the lawn or washing the car -- make good punishments. Physical exertion will release the aggression that landed him in trouble.

If the angry behavior continues, persist. Also add reinforcements -- have a favorite uncle or an adult/mentor talk with him. And keep coming back to the contract. Defusing anger is sometimes a battle of wills. Your child should understand that you have a bigger circle of support than he can fend off.

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