What can young children be angry about?

Sometimes it's hard to see behind a child's anger to see their real needs.

Here are 12 that might be among the most common in the 1-3 age group.

  1. Inability to recognise and name my needs and wants.
  2. Young children may have limited vocabulary and language skills, which can cause frustration if they cannot express themselves clearly.
  3. Sensory overstimulation - sound, light, smell, touch.
  4. Difficulty coping with strong emotions such as anger, sadness or frustration.
  5. Reacting to changes in your daily routine or situations that are unfamiliar or anxious.
  6. Unpredictable everyday life, lack of control over it.
  7. Limited ability to resolve conflicts with peers.
  8. Autonomy/separation processes.
  9. No sleep.
  10. Feeling unwell/ precursors of illness.
  11. Emotional fatigue, for example after kindergarten.
  12. Difficulties in understanding the causes, consequences and interrelationships of different processes.

If you are not sure how to deal with a child's anger and find it difficult to be patient and not get angry, then my online mini-course can help you - Caring for the big emotions of a little person.

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