My 3 year old is spitting at people!!

Michelle - posted on 05/24/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old son saw his daddy spitting on the sidewalk, now he spits all the time, to the extent that when he gets upset or even when he's playing he spits at people, everybody! I dont know how to stop this in a way that he will understand......

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Sienna - posted on 05/24/2012

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The key to stopping behaviors at this age is to give them very little attention, whenever he spit say "no spitting" and put him alone in his room for at least 5 minutes. Don't yell, don't spank, don't laugh and most importantly, don't engage!
The next time he does it i would take the opportunity to say "spitting is disgusting and it's bed behaviour" just so he knows exactly why he is being punished!

It should stop soon, and make sure your husband doesn't do this again! :)

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S. - posted on 05/25/2012

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I do similar to Sienna after his time out I'd make him say sorry to whom ever he has spitt at thou. my 4 year old saw her friend doing it and gave it a go, I told her that it was dirty and horrible and if I saw her doing it again we would not go to park thankfully she hasn't done it since.
I'd be telling hb too, ask him how he would feel if your son fall over in the street and landed in someone else's spit? It's disgusting and totally unneasesery to spit. Sorry it is a major pet hate with me. Good luck with your son.

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