How do I teach a four year old to be gentle with his sister?

AshleyAnne - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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How do I get my four year old to understand that time with his almost one year old sister is not a bad thing? And how do I get him to understand to be gentle with her. He gets hyper and will grab her leg or arm and shake it or pull it.. I have been working on it since she was born and he still does it.

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Lisa - posted on 10/16/2009

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My son(4) tackles and wrestles his younger sis(3) all the time. She can take a lot. But when she doesnt want to rough-house, I tell him Batman or Spiderman doesn't handle girls in that way. He loves Batman so for the most part it works.

Maxine - posted on 10/12/2009

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Hi .... My three year old does exactly the same to my one year old daughter. Iv'e tried telling him that she is a girl and dosent like to be pulled or pushed. I try not to be to anal about it as I know that he is just trying to play with her. He is just to rough with her and I am so afraid he will hurt her. He is use to being this wild with his big brother ... I am so in the same boat as you are and would also like an answer please. Thanx...

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