Toddler biting, scratching and pinching? Help

Shelly - posted on 11/13/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 23mths has started hitting, biting, stratching only myself, his dad, and brother ,we calmly say don't do that and brief explanation can I get some advice on this behaviour?

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Bethany - posted on 11/16/2012

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my son now almost 3 did that around that age, it was an attention seeking thing, like kicking the dog it got a reaction, bad or good they want attention most kids grow out of it especially when it is, for want of a better word ignored, with my son we said "ouch that hurt mummy (daddy or whoever) and that makes me sad" then who ever was bitten kicked etc turned their back or lowered their head. if he showed a concerned reaction from that reply another person or myself would say maybe it wouldnt hurt as much if you said sorry, he usually did and then was given a cuddle and told why by who ever was sad why it made them sad like it hurt when u bite me please dont bite me again. also he was being bitten at daycare by a girl and tried to mimic the action at home and if he did it would be ouch that hurt, doesit hurt when u get bitten?? usually its a yes reply from him and then i would explain that when he bites it makes us sad and it hurts, he stopped quick smart! it also help to teach him about emotions connected with certain behavior. hope this helps and its just a passing phase.

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