A response to a reader's letter to Newsweek seeking advice on dealing with her child's constantly negative and angry behavior.
I read your piece, and as you wrote, what a nightmare! Perhaps however, submitting your story to this column reflects some hope, however small, that things could get better. For my part, I hope you'll find what I write below helpful.
Children can't always understand why adults do what they do, and struggle with expressing sadness and with recognizing their own emotional pain. So instead, they sometimes use anger to cope with difficult feelings.
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