Rough boy!

Marissa - posted on 12/21/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son is a year and a half and he has just recently started getting very rough. He'll throw his toys (sometimes at people), he'll out of nowhere come up and hit you or hit other things. He never used to be this way. I'm worried because we have another little one on the way next year and I want him to know what being gentle is so he doesn't hurt the new baby. Is it a phase that will pass? We try to tell him to be gentle and that hitting hurts or if he continuously throws things we take them away from him. Is there anything else we could be doing to enforce gentler behavior or is this just something that all boys go through at some point and it will pass...?


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JuLeah - posted on 12/21/2010




Not just boys, girls too. Keep doing what you are doing. Make sure he gets many chances a day to rough and tumble play. Make sure he gets to throw stuff and kick things and get that energy out.
Teach him when and where it is okay to do these things.
He has discovered he has some power in the world. If he knocks things over, they fall down. If he kicks them, they move. If he hits you, he gets a reaction. It is kind of cool if ya think about it from his point of view.

Louise - posted on 12/21/2010




It should pass just over praise loving behaviour and make a big thing about giving and receiving a cuddle. Another trick is to take him to a petting zoo where he can get up close and personal to animals. Just keep drawing his attention to how much the animals like to be stroked gently. He will soon get the message that people and animals like to be hugged and cuddled and not slapped and attacked. Also with christmas coming up buy him an inflatable punch bag for kids that he can hit and throw things at this will give him an object to get his frustrations out on without hurting any body.

Kari - posted on 12/21/2010




My 15 month old son is going through this right now. We just reinforce that it's not nice to throw and hit. If he continues throwing things, we take them away. My older son went through the same thing when he was about 15 months old. It will pass.

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