Ashley - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
My son Dominic just turned 1 on February 5th. When he was about 10 months old he started kind of hitting people like playfully and pulling hair. In the beginning a simple but very stern "NO!" was enough to get him to stop, but lately the behavior has been getting worse and my threatening "NO!"'s just aren't doing it anymore. When he gets really worked up when we're playing around, he will hit me in the face and pull my hair really hard. He does not only do it to me either, he does it to others and he's getting worse and worse about it as he gets older. He also has recently developed a quite annoying habit of yelling VERY loud whenever anyone else is having a conversation, like he's trying to get our attention.
I've tried everything that I feel is age appropriate such as, the stern NO, removing him from the situation and setting him down to play with other toys along with the NO, and even the "evil eye" (which at one point did work) My mom suggested smacking his hand along with the NO, but I feel like smacking his hand after he hits me will just make him think hitting is okay?
When I do yell at him, or try to punish him he laughs at me, he does not take me serious in anyway. Which I find very frustrating because I have always tried to enforce punishment for behavior that may result in bad habits and I certainly never allow it to become a game. But that's what it is to him when I try to punish, it's a big game.
The only person who he listens to is his father, when Josh sternly say's NO, Dominic immediately stops and his little chin actually quivers. I am concerned that if I do not put an end to this behavior now, it will only progress to a completely uncontrollable level, and even though he is only one, I still think about when he has to go to preschool and things like that.
Does anybody have any ideas for a good way to punish him that will actually be effective? I feel that he is too young for a naughty seat (he won't stay in it), and I do not want to put him in time out in his crib because I do not want him to associate his crib with something bad. Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated, I am completely lost as to what to do :(