Satan Child!

Brittney - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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HELP ME!! Ok I have a 16 month old and he is a great kid but when he is bad he is bad. For example when I get up in the morning he runs straight for the couch and starts hitting the widow with a spoon, I tell him "no" and then I pull him off the couch he instantly hits me and then bites me if I'm close enough. Today he got up on the couch and turned my computer off and I told him "no" and gave him one more warning or I was going to slap his hand. He grabbed my palm pilot and threw it at me from a close distance and hit me in the head which hurt. I was so mad I wanted to spank him but every time I try to get close to him he runs off like its one big joke! I'm so sick of this, how can I prevent this without having to punish him every 10 seconds? Is this normal behavior for a child his age??

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J - posted on 02/21/2010

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Some of his behavior is normal. I don't mean to offend, but if someone threatened to slap my hand I'd throw something at them too. Time outs work great, if you are constant with following through every time. It may seem as if you are constantly punishing him at first, but after a few days he will catch on that Mommy is no longer playing his games. Every once and a while he may "try" you again to see if you still aren't reacting like you use to. Take a deep breath and remember that you are in control.

You may want to have a doctor check him out for ADHD, but at his young age it's very difficult to correctly diagnose and treat. However, the doctor may be able to give you some more advice on how to handle situations with your son. Also, diet can effect behavior, especially red dyes in food/drink.

Good luck.

Jessica - posted on 02/18/2010

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i think one firm spank on his bottom and a sharp no wouldnt hurt him... even if you have to literally chase him down

Laura - posted on 02/18/2010

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no its not normal wen my son use to do that i say no and tell him if he dose it one more time he has to go to hes cot or room for two mins i was on top of this for two weeks and he stoped

Tiffany - posted on 02/18/2010

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It is so nice to see I am not the only one with a wild child. There are days where he gets up in the morning and with in 20 minutes he has me pulling my hair out. Something that Ive found very calming for my 15 month old is to put him in the stroller and go for a walk, anything it gives you a little piece of mind and fresh air. Music is another way I distract my son when he starts terrorizing. Instead of letting him frustrate me I turn on some rock and roll pick my baby up into my arms and we dance, twirl and laugh like there is know tomorrow. Its tough I know but thank god that you have a healthy active child.

Terri - posted on 02/05/2010

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Yes this can be age appropriate but there are normally reasons behind the behavior. Have you ever thought about talking to your Doctor about it, could be ADHD. I have a now 17yr old with it. I also have a 5yr of with Cystic Fibrosis, we find that some of his medications can cause bad behavior. We had to work out which it was and then deal with that issue from another view point. THEN we also have a 2 yr old who will show his colors at times. However his bad behavior seems to stem from when we are busy doing things. I have found that if I start him playing with something, really get him involved in it and then start to distance myself from the game. (I encourage his imagination play) This way when he is totally into playing I can go do whatever I need to do. Whether it be housework or messing on the PC.

Ginger - posted on 02/04/2010

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I don't think this is normal behavior. Being consstant is a big thing....stay on top of his every bad move. Time outs ar what everyone suggests, but one little spank could help a bit.

Jackie - posted on 02/04/2010

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Ya, you do have to keep punishing him....consistency is the absolute key. But like CHantelle said...you have to do ALL of it with ZERO emotion. He is looking for a reaction (of any kind) and you keep giving him one...it will feed the behavior. You need ot punish him but do everything as if you could care less beyond the fact that its just not acceptable and these are the ramifications.

Carolee - posted on 02/03/2010

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Yes, it's normal. You just literally have to keep punishing him every 10 seconds if that's what it takes. Good luck, and hang in there. It really is just a phase, and not the last time he'll go through this.

Chantelle - posted on 02/03/2010

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OMG yes its normal....my 17 month old is exactly the same..he turns the TV off just to see me turn it back on. He has also started to get into everything if he is bored. I have started to play structured games a lot more with him. We blow bubbles and sing and dance...this keeps him amused and also tires him out faster. He has started to shake the blinds and laughs at me when I say no....best advise ..don't get angry..it does not work...tell him NO and move him away..it is exhausting but works....I have found my little man is happier when I am telling him he is a good boy....good luck and don't forget to BREATHE...

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