By Elizabeth Dougherty — 2020
Flares and flashes. Outbursts and eruptions. The words used to describe anger tend to be volcanic. And science may explain why.
It’s hard to see a child unhappy. Whether a child is crying over the death of a pet or the popping of a balloon, our instinct is to make it better, fast. That’s where too many parents get it wrong, says the psychologist Susan David, author of the book “Emotional Agility.
When your child becomes a teenager, your parenting role begins to shift. You may find yourself becoming more of a guide rather than a rule-maker or teacher. That’s not to say your child won’t need you to intervene when there are safety issues or that your teen won’t need consequences.