What everybody ought to know about aggression in children?

Aggression is characterized by loss of self-control, irritability, severe outbursts of anger even at minor issues. Although people think aggression means hitting and causing physical harm. Aggression is also when your child starts shouting and yelling or even crying out loudly. Aggression in children is of two types: Proactive aggression and reactive aggression. Proactive aggression is when a child anticipates a threat and exhibits aggressive behavior to combat it. Reactive aggression is when a child actually experiences a threat like some other kid snatching away his toy, he becomes aggressive.


Aggressive behavior in children will cause them to not be able to form relationships with other children. They will further be subjected to poor performance in school. Moreover they can cause serious harm to not only others but to themselves as well. A child with aggressive behavior is more prone to a psychological disorder thereof. If aggression is not dealt with properly and carefully, it leads to serious psychological disorders and further paves its way into adulthood and then dealing with it becomes extremely difficult and problematic. This is why nipping it in the bud is more important to ensure a healthy mental development of your child as he grows up. Waking your child up for school or dealing with his mood swings can be quite stressful at times. Children tend to lose their temper at times and is completely normal and must be disciplined but if you are dealing with severe and regular mood issues and aggression in your child that is going out of control then you must know a way out to deal with aggression in your child.


Dealing with aggressive behavior requires an investigation of what exactly is driving your child mad. There can be many possible causes of aggressive behavior in children. For example, child abuse, exposure of child to violent content, lack of sleep, negligence and rewarding him for aggression. Therefore, as a parent you must take preventive measures to make sure he is not vulnerable to any sexual abuse. Moreover, you must ensure that your child is not playing any violent video games. Also, limit his screen time and make sure he watches less TV. Sometimes, some foods high in sugar content make your child very hyper and aggressive. Make sure, what he is eating. Furthermore, make sure that your child is sleeping on time and does not sleep lesser than eight hours. Kids who are neglected also tend to exhibit aggression as a way of seeking attention. So, give your child the attention he deserves. And last but not the least make sure that you do not console him or reward him when he exhibits aggression. Explain your child how his aggressive behavior is causing harm to others and also himself.

If you diagnose aggression earlier, you are easily going to deal with it and hence make sure that your child grows up to be lovable and adorable rather than being scorned at.

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