Amanda - posted on 02/21/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I have a nearly 3 yr old boy and a 17 month old girl and they fight like cat and dog.
They kick, hit, scratch, pinch, bite, push,shout, jump on each other, throw things at each other, steal each others toys and snacks, if ones playing on their own the other will destroy the game.
I've tried explaining to them they have to play nice and look after each other, I've shouted at them, given them time out, taken toys away, made them play in their own rooms away from each other, I've even smacked them on the hand.
I know they love each other to bits, they ask for the other one when they're not around, and when they are in child care when I'm at the gym they are in seperable. They wont go to bed unless they've kissed each other good night and my son says night night, I love you see you in the morning to her.
Is this a normal phase that they will grow out of???
How can I stop them fighting the way they do??
Any advise or suggestions would be greatly appreciated