My 3 y/o boy is hitting up other kids... how should I handle this?

Arminda - posted on 08/18/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is going to school now, but at times, he hits some of his classmates because they're messing with the things he does. Anybody who can advice how i would approach my son with this? I usually talk to him about this, he sometimes follow me but most of the time he just can't.

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Try not to have a negative reaction to his hitting. Also, pay attentions to some of the actions that he does before leading up to hitting, and try to catch it before it happens. Our son went through a phase a few months ago with hitting, and we took away all his movies, and told him if he's nice to friends at school and was a good boy all day he could earn a movie back. Also we noticed him throwing things to get our attention sometimes in the evening and started to pay more attention to the position energy he had, and ignore the negative actions, and he's doing great now (he will be 3 in october). The other thing we did was made up a little saying and hung it up in a few key locations around the house, before bed he would have to repeat the saying, and a few time during the day, along with if he did hit he would need to go over and read the sign.

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Arminda - posted on 08/25/2011

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Thanks Amy! We've started taking out his favorite movies too and some toys for him so that he'll listen to me and his dad! I have decided on changing the time out area for him. He's improving a lot. I have changed as well on how i react to his behavior too! It's nice to know a parent that's going through what I've been going through. Sometimes other parents can be so mean to my son when he misbehaves at school. It's nice to know there are parents like you who understands. Thanks

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