3 year old hitting

Prachi - posted on 04/25/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hey please suggest how to handle my three year old boy. he hits and snatches things from other children. I do tell him not to do this, this is not a good thing to do, but nothing is really working. Please i need suggestions as i just want him to get rid of this habit soon.

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Working with children I found taking their fun time away begins to work but you have stay consistant. Before leaving the vehicle I give a speach on what IS going to happen when we go play and I ask do you understand? Chose a spot at the playground for timeout. Everytime he does that have him go to a bench for timeout. If he runs away from that spot put him back and explain to him that every time he misbehaves its time out. If he continues say ok you don't want to listen or behave so it's time to go home. At home make him sit on his bed and explain again and show him how he has His toys and what happens if you grab it from his hands how does he feel. Then when he misbehaves like that again take one of his toys and put it away. I did this for two boys and after a few weeks they clued in and started to change when they saw they had no toys to play with. What made them change was when I put away their own toys and when they behaved they got it back. I taught them that they were rewarded by doing the right thing. This worked for me. The boys were 2 turning 3 and 3 turning 4. Biggest thing is play a poker card face. Don't get angry scream or lose it with them They will be shocked when you appear unfazed and you calmly tell them what they need to learn and timeout is in order. Stay calm and consistant the moment you don't the child wins and they know it. Good luck

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