How do I get my 5 yr old son to stop hitting kids at school

Amanda - posted on 10/02/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 5 yr old son is in kindergarten and has been hitting kids for a unknown reason. He goes to a babysitter and was in preschool for 2 yrs and never had this problem until now. What can we do to get him to stop. When we ask him why he done it he says he doesnt know why. We have done time out taken things away everything and stil this hasnt worked. We also reward him for going a week at a time at school with no problems

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It could be a frustration response. My son is doing exactly the same thing and at the moment I have no solution to the problem, but I am having a meeting with the school psyche to get him evaluated with the hope we can a) figure out why he is doing this and b) come up with strategies to help him get past it.

Any consequence you issue your son needs to be immediate. It's no good to do a time out or take things away when he gets home because at the age of 5 he is unlikely to really make a solid connection between the hitting and the punishment. Perhaps you could set up a meeting with his teacher and together come up with a plan to help him overcome the desire to hit, with the time out or loss of privelidge happening as soon as the hitting occurs.

I hope this helps

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