Parenting - Toddler care | 1-3 yrs

Is Your Toddler Hitting And Biting?


Toddlers are naughty and have limited ways of expressing themselves. They want all your attention and from making faces to crying loudly, they try it all to get it. But what if your toddler is hitting and biting siblings or fellow babies? How to stop this? Children tend to follow an action-reaction behavior and learn by seeing people’s reaction to their actions. Therefore, it is important to not punish them if they misbehave but make them understand what they did, and teach them to be apologetic for the same. Eventually, they will realize their mistake and stop behaving this way. It is also important to teach manners from an early-age as children adapt things fast and on being taught something constructive they will grasp the same and keep it in their memory.

Children also tend to dislike distribution of attention among siblings and hence, may bite or hit other children. In such a scenario, making them understand the situation is important. Planning for activities where both kids can bond can also be beneficial. Being harsh with your toddler can make him angry or withdraw interest from involving. Due to developing sensory organs, toddlers depend on surrounding atmosphere, people and their behavior to learn about the situation and respond accordingly.

According to an article titled 'Why Your Toddler Hits and Bites', published in, “Toddlers get just as upset as adults do when they lose control. After a brief time-out, talk to your child in a comforting and compassionate way. Say, "I know it feels terrible to get so upset and make someone else feel bad." This helps kids understand their emotions and learn to label them.”

So, with a simple understanding of your toddler’s behavior and making him aware of his actions, you can try and find a solution to correct him.

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