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Behaviors At Home

The Angry

Behavior: How exactly is my child behaving?

  • Mad all the time—at himself or herself, others, or both.

  • Degree of the anger varies, but it is frequent and sometimes intense.

  • Strikes out verbally and physically at others, including parents, teachers, and children. Hostile even toward authority figures he or she doesn't know.

  • May yell out or throw objects.

  • Acts mad at the world. Has a chip on his or her shoulder.

  • Usually defensive regarding the reason for the anger. In his or her mind the anger is justified. Will even say, "Who wouldn't be angry?"

  • If his or her reason is not accepted, this child will become offensive toward the person who does not agree with his or her stance.

  • Often loses control of himself or herself when angry.

  • May appear to be overindulged by adults and peers alike.

  • May throw tantrums.

  • Almost always blames others for what has caused his or her anger.

  • Often, threatens to get angrier "the next time" rather than say "I'm sorry."

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Please Note
We are labeling behaviors, not children! For the sake of convenience, we will describe behaviors with terms such as The Whiner or The Interrupter.

Never use such labels when talking to—or about—children! Doing so could cause many new problems and seriously damage the teacher-student or parent-child relationship.