How to Cope With Your Child’s Hot Temper

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Suitable for: Families of primary-age children

Some children are placid, and nothing seems to annoy or upset them. Others have a “hot temper” and often feel angry. Their response can seem out of proportion. They might become furious over minor problems and concerns. 

When younger children feel angry, they often have tantrums, a physical outburst to express their emotions because they don’t yet have the language skills to communicate how they feel.

Your young child may feel angry over very little things, like not being allowed to do something or having to stop something they enjoy. Most children grow out of tantrums around the age of 7-8.


As children grow older, they may show their hot temper in different ways:

  • Slamming doors
  • Stamping feet
  • Screaming and shouting
  • Ripping or breaking things
  • Hitting and kicking at objects or people
  • Speaking or acting aggressively
  • Vandalism




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