Cc - posted on 03/11/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )
Over the past few weeks, my son's day care teacher has been reporting more incidents than usual. He used to only hit kids who were bothering or bullying him or his friends. The teachers reported that he's been "loose with his hands" lately and has been hitting more. I wasn't too worried because I figured it was just a phase or that maybe the other kids were hitting each other and he just joined in. Then I found out he threw a block at one of his friend's head and the boy went home with a huge knot on his head. The day after that, he threw sand in another friend's clothes...so much that the teacher had to undress the boy and clean him up. Another time, he bit a boy's finger. Yesterday, I got a call while I was at work letting me know that he slapped a boy in the face hard enough that the teacher felt she had to call me. Today when I picked him up, same story. He slapped the same boy in the face.
I've talked to him about why it's not fair to hit his friends. Anytime I've asked him why he did it, it usually had to do with someone not sharing with him or "bothering him." Yesterday and today I took away television and computer games. It didn't seem to bother him at all. The teachers are asking me to "talk to him." I have...didn't work...what can I do to get through to my four year old?