My little angel, Elliott, has started to show his little devil side lately through hitting.
I’ve been putting it down to the fact that he’s frustrated and still can’t communicate to us properly. Elliott’s speech is still a little delayed due to having mild hearing loss and subsequent surgery to remove his adenoids and insert grommets late last year. But, I still haven’t been sure if how I’m dealing with the hitting behaviour is correct or effective.
Upon doing some research on toddler hitting, I was really glad to see that I was in fact on the right track in dealing with Elliott’s hitting behaviour during his tantrums. I try my best to be very calm about it when he does it me, I tell him that it’s not a nice thing to do, that it hurts and that we don’t hit Mummy and Daddy. Sometimes I show him my emotions by being upset and saying I’m sore, letting him know that it hurts Mummy when he hits. I also try talking to him to let him know that I understand that he is frustrated and work really hard to figure out what is it he wants or how he’s feeling, this is the hardest part.
It was good to find some other information on why toddlers hit and ways to limit the toddler hitting behaviour, some of the information I found was very reassuring and has given me a sense of relief:
Toddlers are very limited in knowing how to deal with emotions
Model the behaviour you want to see in your child
Explain to the toddler
Explain the effects
Don’t take it personally
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