A few tears and upsets are a part of an active, healthy childhood, but a pattern of anxiety-fuelled outbursts was a warning sign.
10-year-old Hailey* started having outbursts at school. Upset by something a classmate said to her, she pushed a boy, and then a shoving match ensued. When the teacher stepped in to break it up, Hailey became aggressive, throwing papers and books around the classroom and bolting out of the room.
Kim*, Hailey’s Mum had been called to the school to talk about the incident, along with how Hailey’s behaviour had noticeably deteriorated since her parents' separation twelve months earlier.
It was suggested that Kim have a look at the Tuning in to Kids™ programme, run by Presbyterian Support, which teaches parents how to help their children manage their emotions such as frustration, anxiety, and anger.