Hello, I am new here. I need desperate help. my 15 month old fights alot.

Maria - posted on 05/07/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Today I got kicked out of the gym because my 15 month old pulled a someones hair, and kept fighting with other kids. I am a stay home mom We have 3 boys, ages 10, 6 and 15 months. We are not a violent family, my boys play a lot of sports, I try to teach them good manners, respect and caring for other people. I like to think I have done a good job with my other boys but I can't say the same about my baby. Boys will be boys they say right. I do have to admit that my kids do play rough at times, maybe that is what is going on. I don't know what to do!!! anyone have any tips on handeling this situation?? I greatly appreciate it!!!

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Elfrieda - posted on 05/07/2012

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You might need to put a ban on play-fighting in front of your toddler. Not that it's bad for your older sons, but it could be teaching your youngest some confusing lessons that he's not ready for. ("It's okay for big brothers to jump on and choke each other, but it's not okay when I do it?" he might be thinking, not realizing that when his brothers do it they are playing and not really hurting each other.)



It might be difficult for your other sons at first, but I think it's important. Toddlers take lessons from the weirdest things - I've just had to put away my 2-year-old's favourite bedtime story because in it the characters keep shouting "Pajama Time!" and getting hushed, so now he thinks that when I shush him in church or during a mealtime, it's okay to shout, just like they do in the book.



Another example from my son's life: we like to play this game where he stands on the bed and I push and tickle him until he falls over in a giggling fit, then he gets up and I do it again. It's really funny, but I've noticed that when he wants to play with other kids he sometimes pushes them. So I'm re-thinking whether playing that game with him is a good idea.

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Maria - posted on 05/07/2012

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Elfrieda, thank you so much, I have talked to my boys about it and they are trying their best, like you said it will be hard at first but we will get used to it! I don't want anyone thinking my baby is a bad baby. Thanks!

Maria - posted on 05/07/2012

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Well jen when I said boys will be boys, I didn't mean that it was ok to hurt people, I know its not right and that is why I am asking for help, tips, anything.

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15 month olds don't roughhouse like older children. Sounds like something is upsetting him.

And no, boys will be boys never applies to hurting other people.

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