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6 Things an Angry Child Needs

Dealing with an angry child is no easy feat. We’ve all had that moment when our child blows up in anger in public, while the entire world watches on, and while we all know these moments are bound to happen, that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with.When dealing with an angry child, it is best to tread carefully. You don’t want to react back to them in anger, otherwise, you are sending the wrong message.

Instead, you must focus on positive solutions that will actually benefit your child, while working in the long run. What you should be focusing on is teaching them the proper skills to handle their emotions moving forward, which can be done by implementing the following strategies.In order for your child to understand their emotions, they first need to understand what those emotions are, so when you notice them, label them. For example, when your child is angry, say, “I see that you are angry and I understand.

How can we solve this?”Create a calm-down plan in advance. This may take some figuring out what works for your child and in some situations, you may need a special plan. Take some time to consider techniques like breathing exercises or even taking a quick walk or having a distraction plan in place.

Then, allocate the right strategy to the right moment.Your child depends on you to help them manage their emotions, so if this is an area you struggle with, it may be time to educate yourself. Look at different strategies and help your little one to work through them,Always be empathetic, because while your child’s outburst of emotions may not come at the right time for you, their feelings are valid. The last thing you want to do is invalidate them or make them feel like their emotions are wrong.If you want to help

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[Self-Test] Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder in Children
Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder often characterized as “extreme picky eating.” Food avoidance or restriction in ARFID can be due to any of the following:1Unlike other eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, the eating behaviors seen in ARFID are not associated with concerns about body weight or shape. Children with ARFID may struggle to meet nutritional and/or energy needs, and they may be dependent on nutritional supplements for functioning.ARFID often co-occurs with autism, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).2 Some symptoms of autism, like rigid eating behaviors and sensory sensitivity, overlap with ARFID.If you suspect that your child has symptoms of ARFID, answer the questions below and share the results with your child’s pediatrician or a licensed mental health professional who is experienced in diagnosing and treating ARFID.If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, contact the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) for support, resources, and treatment options. Call or text NEDA at 800-931-2237 or visit to reach a NEDA volunteer.This self-test was adapted in part from the Nine Item ARFID Screen (NIAS) and incorporates findings from research on ARFID.