"My son is about to turn 20 by the end of this year. He always had a quick temper as a kid. I had always assumed that his short fuse was because he was at that awkward stage of life when he could neither be called a kid or an adult. I waved it off thinking that's it just one those mood swings that adolescent boys have because of all the changes that they go through. But now, when he is standing at the brink of adulthood, I realize that is temper issues are getting worse. He is completely at a loss when it comes to dealing with criticisms, cannot handle minor setbacks, lashes out at silly jokes and even comments that are contrary to his point of view.
Now that he is almost 20 and no more a teen whom I can control with some threat of parental control, I only wish that I was careful when he was growing up and took more notice. I wish I did something to control his anger or asked for some professional counseling. Stepping into the adult-world in less than a few months to go, I can only hope he doesn't end up doing something that he would regret for the rest of his life."
A lot of parents fail to understand whether their young daughter or son's behavior is normal or are they acting out due to some depression or any other problem. Also a lot of them do not understand how to talk to their kids about their anger in the fear that they might aggravate it further and worsen the situation. To help out thousands of parents who are at a complete loss about how to handle their teenage son or daughter, anger management classes for teens are available that are conducted by certified professionals with a vast knowledge about the human psyche and years of experience. And it sometimes helps to talk to someone other than one's Mom, Dad or anybody from the family.
Adolescence is a Tough Time
If a teenager is getting angrier as time goes by or getting too rigid or defensive, it is definitely a cause for concern. A teenage boy or girl has big challenges ahead such as graduating from high school, starting college or entering the workforce, living away from home for the first time and so on. These transitions can be very stressful for anyone and anger is not at all an adaptive response. It can make the challenges seem tougher than it needs to be. It doesn't matter if it is depression or anger that the teenager is suffering from, what is important is that he or she needs help to cope with the changes of life and adapt to them.
Holding healthy and open discussions with children might help but kids often do not feel comfortable talking about a lot of things with their parents and find comfort in sharing with a stranger. The anger management for kids classes are conducted by the perfect strangers that can break the ice and help out teenagers in dealing with the demons in the head. And be warned, in most cases anger is not a phase, its roots run deep.