My nine-year-old daughter is going completely off the rails at the moment.
She loses her temper — and I mean she really loses it. She hits, punches, throws things (happily, only ever at me) and then almost immediately bursts into tears and is genuinely sorry.
Is it her hormones? Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening? VP
FIONA SAYS: BE PATIENT, TALK TO HER
It may well be something to do with her hormones, but it could also be frustration and she may not know for sure what she’s frustrated about.
It’s probably to do with being a bright nine-year-old who feels she should be growing up faster than she is.
She needs to try to talk through what’s bothering her, either with you or with another adult she trusts.
You’ll need to be both patient and positive with her as it takes time to develop the skills involved in managing a temper.
The good news is, though, that almost every child can improve with the right support.