Explosive anger in teen boy

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  • rhondajennings68
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    My fifteen-year-old is really having an issue with explosive anger.  My mom lives with my son and me, and he is really disrespectful to both of us. I am working to discipline him but getting nowhere.  Any practice tips?

    Thanks, Rhonda

    totheskydear
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    Have you read the book “The Explosive Child” by Ross Greene?

    CrystalN
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    Assuming it is normal guy hormones – intense physical activity. My son would tell me he was so angry and had no idea why. My husband admitted to having the same experience as a teenager. Physical activity helped. Regularly like a sport or martial arts, but also something he can do spur of the moment to diffuse his anger. Running around the block, a punching bag, some way to really use his body and release steam. We used to have a pile of old bricks and stone in the yard destined for disposal and my son would just go outside and smash bricks. Maybe chat with him, when he is not angry, and explain you understand that he has this uncontrollable anger he is feeling but his actions are not acceptable. Help him understand it is hormonal and give him some suggestions for when he feels it welling up.  My husband is now the kindest gentlest man you could ever meet, you cant make him angry if you try. And my son is getting there.

    Good luck.

    rhondajennings68
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    Thank you for your suggestions.  My son was in basketball for the season and does karate year round.  I am concerned it is more than hormonal.  His anger is just so incredibly intense.

    CrystalN
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    That is a challenge. Have you considered something in his diet may trigger it? My oldest used to get violent when he had artificial sweetener. Luckily we discovered it when he was 6 and I was still stronger than him! Or maybe counseling? Your church could possibly have a professional counseling referral. Praying you find an answer and a solution.

    rhondajennings68
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    We are very careful about his diet – nothing artificial, everything natural, etc.  My mom and I sat down and a pretty tough conversation with him and it helped.  However, I really don’t know what has been triggering him.  Thanks for all the suggestions.

    Mamatoto
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    I highly recommend The Total Transformation Program – I got mine from ebay for a very reasonable price (CDs and workbook).  Also, if your son has tics, then his anger could be related to impulse control.  The GAPS diet made almost immediate, night and day differences both physically and behaviorally.

    rhondajennings68
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    Thank you. I will look into this.

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