How to Defuse an Angry Child

Your child may not be able to use his words to express his feelings calmly—so learn to listen with your heart to help him feel understood.

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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