I am a mom of a very active and energetic toddler who is almost 2 years old. Lately, I have noticed that my little one has been exhibiting some aggressive behavior towards his siblings and other children he interacts with. He tends to hit, bite, pinch or push whenever he doesn't get his way or feels upset.
I am concerned about this behavior and want to know some effective ways to deal with it. I don't want my child to become a bully or hurt other kids. I have tried talking to him about using gentle hands and using his words instead of hitting, but it doesn't seem to sink in.
What are some practical tips or tools I could use to help my toddler manage his aggressive behavior and respond to situations in a more positive way? Are there any specific activities, games, or resources that have worked well for your kids? Any advice would be appreciated!
I understand how worrying it can be to see your toddler exhibiting aggressive behavior towards their siblings and peers. My daughter went through a phase of biting when she was two, and it was really upsetting. Something that worked well for us was using positive language when setting boundaries.
Rather than simply saying "no biting," we tried to phrase it positively, for example saying "gentle hands" or "nice touches." We also found it helpful to give her alternatives when she was feeling frustrated, such as redirecting her attention to a toy or going for a walk with her.
We also made sure to praise her when she did show positive behavior, as this reinforced the positive actions and helped to build a good habit. We used verbal praise, high-fives, and stickers as rewards for good behavior.
Finally, we found it helpful to model the behavior we wanted to see. Kids learn by example, and so modeling kind and gentle behavior can help your child to understand what is expected of them.
Overall, it's important to remember that these behaviors are normal and not a reflection on you as a parent. By using positive language, giving alternatives, and reinforcing positive behavior, you can help your toddler grow out of aggressive behavior and into kind, loving child.