"It is natural for the immature to harm others.
Getting angry with them is like resenting a fire for burning."
The dreaded Temper Tantrum. We can all be held accountable for one and admit to witnessing one (or several hundred). Temper tantrums represent a major challenge for group care workers. They arouse anxiety because of the physical dangers posed to the child, other children, and the care worker, and because of the potential consequences of mismanagement. An ill-considered over-response can lead to injury, resentment from the child and peers, organizational disapproval, and sometimes legal sanction. On the other hand, under-response can lead to the inadvertent reinforcement of tantrum behaviors, a collapse of personal authority, and anxiety and resentment from the children in care whose sense of security is thus compromised.
Too often when I am describing some of the tantrums that are witnessed as a practitioner in the Child and Youth Care field, people respond by telling me to 'put the kid in their place', or 'show em whose boss'. No, I am not spending four years in post-secondary education to learn various techniques on how to further abuse these youth. What those people (and their ignorant thoughts) do not understand are the reasons behind a child's escalating behaviours. Just because you are a parent and your child never responded so aggressively, does not make another child 'bad' or in others' opinions 'a little shit.' Majority of the time, there are very specific reasons to why the child behaves the way he does.
So what causes a child or youth to tantrum or react violently?