Michelle - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
I'm a single mom, working full time with a 17 month old son. He hits and throws things a lot. Usually I'm the only person he hits, although the walls, floors and furniture take quite a beating too. Why is he doing this and how do I handle it? Sometimes it's because he's angry/upset but mostly it's just because he wants to (as far as I can tell). It's a work in progress for me, figuring out when to discipline him and when to just let him act out. I know kids this age have lots of emotions they don't understand so I try to let him vent sometimes but the hitting is becoming an issue. I'm also trying to figure out how to teach him all the things a mom and a dad would. Any suggestions on any of this would be so appreciated. Thanks!