Toddlers And Hitting: Help, Ideas and Resources

Toddlers And Hitting: Help, Ideas and Resources

Help By Age & Stage, Parenting, Positive Discipline
How to Stop Toddlers from Hitting Toddlers and hitting is a common challenge for parents, so much so it's often referred to as a behavior problem.  But really, getting toddlers to stop hitting often comes down to understanding the reasons toddlers hit and understanding how hitting make us parents feel.  The way we react to children hitting can either fuel the problem or lead towards better connection and helping our child learn different ways to express their feelings.  So, Why do toddlers hit?  Toddlers are not yet developmentally able to control their impulses. Toddlers may  hit when they feel overwhelmed with feelings they cannot yet explain with words. Very often when toddlers hit their parents, caregivers or peers they are  feeling scared, frightened or anxious. A hitting toddler is not naughty or bad.…
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When Children Bite and Strike: 5 Positive Ways To Deal and Heal

When Children Bite and Strike: 5 Positive Ways To Deal and Heal

Parenting, Positive Discipline
Hitting, pushing, shoving and biting are common ways for preschoolers and toddlers to deal with their emotions. Strikes and bites are often happening because something inside the child, some feeling, like a hiccup, just needs to get out. It could be frustration, upset, sadness, anxiety, fear or a mixed bowl of emotions. What can we do about it? Very likely, you have heard many suggestions on how to deal with your child’s biting and hitting. Perhaps you have tried time-outs, yelled out of frustration, or taken away a toy. Maybe you have even heard the “bite back” and “strike back” bit of advice but don’t want to go down that path? Would you like to try alternatives based on love, empathy and gentle guidance? Here are 5 ideas on how…
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