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    My child is influenced by the characters he views. When he plays the role of a policeman he shows too much anger. Is it good to encourage this?

    Team ParentCircle Answered by Team ParentCircle


    Dear Parent,

    Your active and observant child seems to enjoy playing out different characters. And it is good that you want to guide him. Your child acts out what he sees and understands.  Just telling your child that anger is wrong, is not sufficient. Help him understand the emotions and behaviors of the characters he acts out. You could begin by asking him why he thinks that policemen are very angry people. Listen carefully as he describes what he sees and hears about policemen; know what he watches on TV - how policemen are shown in movies and serials. You can talk about real-life stories or view programs that show kind and helpful policemen. Help him see the differences. We also recommend co-watching programs with children - it gives parents and children a chance to talk about what they have viewed together, understand people’s emotions and behavior in various situations. Through these conversations, your child will also begin to learn more and more about how to manage emotions – a very important life skill.

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