Marissa - posted on 03/23/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
I need help! My son Koltyn turned 3 in feb and right around his 3rd birthday I thought we finally had his tantrums and hitting under control thanks to time out but it's all back. In the beginning it all stemmed from his speech delay but he now knows many more words and it doesn't seem to be coming from frustration from not being understood. He hits me all day long and his new things are biting and scratching. I put him straight into timeout with no warning for violent behavior and now as soon as he gets on his timeout mat he screams "HELP ME MAMA!" and pokes himself in the eye while saying "Ow boo boo mama" and he clings to me and I have to pry him off. I can't leave him in timeout because he will hurt himself. It's breaking my heart and even his speech therapist is at a loss. He's a very sensitive kid and time out seems to really hurt his feeling but no discipline just isn't an option for the hitting, biting, and scratching. The behavior is so bad we had to delay putting him in preschool because we were all worried he'd be kidded out. Any advice I can get on this I will greatly appreciate! I love him and want him to be happy. So thank you in advance!
Sad and frustrated mommy