Kids biting and banging head on hardwood floor

Moriah - posted on 09/21/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have 16 month old twin boys and their father just left for a 6 month tour. The last few days when the boys have gotten upset or frustrated one will bite the other or the couch and the other kid finds the hardwood floor and bangs his head on it repeatedly.
Is this toddler behavior, or acting out cause dad left? What can I do to stop this behavior?

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Cassie - posted on 09/22/2010

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I agree. It's probably a little bit of both. If you talk to them often about daddy and remind them he loves them it will get better. Lots of pictures and activities to send to dad. Tantrums are handled best by ignoring them. I would move him over to a carpeted area or someplace not so hard and leave him be. The biting definitely use time out ( 1 minute for each yr of the child's age) and talk to him. Let him know it's not nice. Ask him if he would want to be bit and see what he says (hopefully not yes :) ) It'll get better!! Good luck.

Erin - posted on 09/21/2010

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Some of it could be toddler behavior and some of it could be acting out. For the biting episodes, I would put the "offending" child in time out for 1 minute. The hitting the head on the floor is more of a tantrum and what I found works best for tantrums is to move the child to someplace safe (bedroom or crib, etc) and leave them there alone until they calm down. Don't react in an upset manner to the tantrum, just very matter-of-factly take them away from everyone. Tantrums are to get attention and the less attention is received, the farther between the tantrums will become.

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