Behavior problems, hitting and kicking......

Amanda - posted on 07/22/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old son gets angry and hits or kicks us, and it only seems to be us most of them time, he really don't get in trouble at day care, we really don't have any other issues with him, he eats good. sleeps good, just hits, punches and kicks us when he gets mad or doesn't get his way. Is this normal and what can I do to get him to stop?

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ME - posted on 09/03/2011

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We were beginning to worry about our 3 1/2 yr old son because of his aggressive behavior when he doesn't get his way. We were doing timeouts, but they didn't seem to phase him. Now we send him to his room for 15 min with a timer, and he can only come out after the timer goes off and then he has to apologize for whatever dangerous or aggressive thing he's done. I have found that it helps tremendously. I don't yell at him anymore, I simply say, "that was mean, go to your room, I'll set the timer" and off he goes. In that way, we avoid ALL attention to the negative behavior, and he doesn't get what he wanted...I have also noticed, that these behaviors increase in direct proportion to proximity to nap or bedtime...

Lori - posted on 08/04/2011

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I am so glad I am not the only Mommy going through this! my son is 3 1/2 and has done the same. Along with talking to him we started to take favorite things away (not just toys) as a reprecussion and its started to work! I think at their age its just their way of showing their emotions. Hopefully, we"ll all get past this hurdle unscathed!!

Elizabeth - posted on 08/03/2011

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My daughter does the same thing!! She has started throwing tantrums more and more now. She throws things, she hits me, she'll kick me or the wall or her toys or whatever is near her. I'm trying to find a way to get her to stop too!! I do hear from my friends that their children are doing the same things. I talk to her about it and I send her to time out for it. I'm thinking it's just a phase that she'll hopefully grow out of!?

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