Design For Life

Design for Life: How do I stop my eight-year-old slapping other children?

This week, psychotherapist Colman Noctor advises a parent how to help their daughter regulate her emotions

Some children can become overwhelmed by the intensity of their emotions, which can lead to lashing out or over-reacting to incidents

Dear Expert,

I have a problem that I don’t know if there is any way to resolve. My daughter is eight years old, big for her age and can be a handful at times. She is impulsive and lashes out easily. She has temper tantrums and sometimes pinches, slaps or hurts other children, particularly when she thinks others aren’t noticing. We hope and believe that she will grow out of it (she is getting extra ...