Children’s Aggressive Behavior Comes Down to this One Thing

Child hitting man with cushion in post about podcast on child's aggressive behaviorHitting? Pinching? Kicking?

Most children act aggressively but it can be very tough to see and tougher to understand.

When a child is aggressive our instinct is often to shut it down – “Don’t hit,” we say, or “I don’t want to hear those things.”

Looking at A Child's Aggressive Behavior in a New Way

While we can and should set limits about the behavior, what happens if we can listen to what that behavior is telling us?

In this episode, Abigail tells about a time her son genuinely scared her with his aggression and how they worked through it. She discovered a root cause actually stemming from his reputation as a “good guy.”

And Elle talks about the differences in her two children’s aggression – and her own – as well as how difficult it can be coping with regular aggressive episodes.

We talk about the one emotion that results in aggression, and how you can respond in a way that supports your child's development.

If you are seeing aggression in your house, and want to understand what drives it, this episode is for you. Aggression is hard to see, harder to talk about, and is one part of parenting that deserves the biggest support.

parents resources

Packed with resources for supporting yourself and your child through aggressive behavior: Get your Guide for Helping Your Child with Aggressive Behavior

This is the self-guided course Elle mentioned that will help you understand the root causes of aggression. Take Helping Your Child with Aggression and get solutions to  support aggressive behavior in your house.

Get information about Abigail's webinar on Tech and Tweens and sign up!

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You can contact Abigail Wald about parenting courses and consultations at

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