Anger at any age can be a sign of underlying anxiety, distress, frustration, embarrassment or sadness. Of course it's also normal for parents to clash with their teenagers as they become more independant and want to make their own choices. The books in the general Secondary School and Young Adultssection all have top tips on communication and choosing your battles, but the resources below have some specific advice on dealing with anger.
Why is my child angry?
This NHS page has advice on ‘Helping your child cope with anger’ and helping you work out why your child might be feeling that way. For a lot of children anger is a sign of sadness or anxiety so it may also be worth looking at the pages on anxiety and depression as well.
Responding to Anger in Children: video from the Parent's Lounge on YoungMinds
For young people
If you often get really angry, it might be because you are upset, frustrated or anxious. Feeling angry a lot of the time can be exhausting and can happen at any age. In your teens and early twenties it's normal to get quite strong mood swings and these can sometimes take you by surprise. Angry feelings might also be made worse by lack of sleep, alcohol, or drugs. It can be really helpful to talk to someone about how you feel and you could try some of the helplines , 1-2-1 chat online or look for some counslling options (see our self -help for young people page here)
If you're not getting on with your family or struggling to talk to them, this page is really good
(Childline is for young people up to age 19 years)