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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Toddlers making Trouble:  11 Alternatives to Time Outs

Toddlers making Trouble: 11 Alternatives to Time Outs

Alternatives to Punishment, Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Toddlers don’t really mean to be making trouble, they spend their days trying to understand and discover their environment, their place and space in the world. They are growing and learning how to coordinate their bodies and regulate impulses. Just about every day, toddlers make mistakes, they create messes and do things that are sometimes hard for us parents to comprehend and then – gasp - they do it all over again! Often, it’s hard to know how to best handle the messy, sassy, yucky situations. Time outs are so popular in the toddler years, yet just placing a toddler in the corner or on a naughty chair is unlikely to prevent a re-occurance as toddlers will not really learn by pouting all alone, in fact they might feel upset,…
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