Lindsey - posted on 02/14/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )
My (usually) sweet LO is almost 14 months old. Lately she has acquired some not-so-fabulous behaviors.... namely, banging her head against things and clawing at peoples faces when she isn't getting her way! The head banging makes me cringe, but right now we're trying to just be consistent in our ignoring it. The face-clawing, however, is a different story.... it hurts a little too much to just ignore! I don't want her to think it's ever ok to hurt someone when she's upset, regardless of her method. So far we've just held the offending hand against her side, while firmly telling her "No, ma'am... that's not nice." while making eye contact with her, and then backing it up with something about making good decisions. But it's not working. What should we do?? Is she too young for a time-out? Should we spank (we'd like that to be a last resort!)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!