When She's Too Angry to Speak

When anger floods in, it drowns out reason. Your child can't articulate his feelings, and so he yells or slams. Reacting in kind never works; reflective listening does. Here's how to use it.

The Emotion-Behavior Connection

The latest brain research helps make sense of misbehavior. When kids are in the throes of a big emotion, their "emotional" right brain has taken over. We usually respond to their outbursts with logic and reason, which are left-brain traits. The bottom line is that these opposite sides of the brain can't work together in that moment. When you learn a specific way of acknowledging emotions, the two sides of the brain can work together.
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