Helping Preschoolers Deal With Frustration and Anger in Healthy Ways

Helping Preschoolers Deal With Frustration and Anger in Healthy Ways

Young children go through a range of emotions as they grow and learn about the world around them. Frustration and anger are common emotions that preschoolers experience. When these emotions lead to anger management issues, it can be challenging for both the child and the parents to cope. Children who frequently lose their temper and act aggressively may struggle to maintain healthy relationships and overall quality of life. 

As a parent, it’s important to provide your child with the tools and techniques necessary to manage their emotions in a healthy way. By implementing practical strategies to help preschoolers cope with frustration and anger positively, you can help your child develop the emotional skills they need to navigate life’s challenges confidently and resiliently. 

Below are some effective techniques parents can use to help their children positively manage their anger and frustration. With consistency and patience, you can help your child develop healthy emotional habits that will benefit them.

1. Recognizing and Validating Emotions

Helping your little ones cope with the ups and downs of their emotions is an essential part of parenting, especially when it comes to frustration and anger. One of the most crucial steps is acknowledging their feelings. You can use simple language to label their emotions, such as “I see you’re feeling angry right now, that’s okay”. This validation helps them feel understood and accepted, a key factor in their emotional development.

2. Teach Simple Breathing Exercises

Teach your preschooler breathing exercises like “blowing out candles” to help them manage their emotions. These fun activities can be a valuable tool for self-regulation that your child can use throughout their life.

3. Create a "Calm Down" Space

Create a “calm down” space for your child when they feel overwhelmed. Fill it with comforting items like soft pillows and books. Encourage them to use this space to collect themselves and learn healthy coping mechanisms.

4. Use Positive Language

Teach your children to express frustration and anger using positive language like “I feel mad because…”. This helps them communicate their emotions effectively and fosters better communication skills.

5. Model Healthy Expression of Emotions

Children often learn by observing. Model healthy ways to express frustration and anger through your actions. Demonstrate how to take a deep breath, use words to express your feelings, and engage in positive problem-solving.


Helping preschoolers navigate their emotions is an essential aspect of parenting. Teaching preschoolers to handle frustration and anger in a constructive way lays the foundation for strong emotional intelligence. With the right tools and strategies, parents can equip their little ones with valuable skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. Children who learn to cope with challenges in a supportive environment develop resilience and emotional well-being.

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