When you see challenging behavior, it usually means that your children can’t figure out how to express their feelings in an acceptable way or they don't know how to get a need met. Your job as a parent is to show them a different, more constructive way to handle these feelings.
Learning to cope with strong feelings usually happens naturally as children develop better language skills in their third year and have more experience when interacting with their peers, handling disappointment, and following rules. Self-control is something that even adults have to practice. The more you practice these behaviors the sooner you’ll find them turning into new and healthier habits that may become permanent lifestyle changes. Here are some ideas for helping your children begin to learn these important skill: