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How can I get my 3 year old to stop hitting other children?

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Asked by sacarlin at 8:05 PM on Apr. 27, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Remove your 3yr old from the situation and use time outs.


    Answer by legalmommy101 at 8:09 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • Thank you. I have tried time outs, talking to her before we get to a playdate, giving her warnings and now we just leave and go home.

    Answer by sacarlin at 8:29 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • Talk to her about it in advance (read books written on her level to help her understand) see some here   on  also talk to her about how it hurts the other children.  If it continues, I would pay attention to the circumstances as to why/when this occurs (what initiates it?) to see if there is a pattern.  If it is out of anger, three year olds sometimes don't have the communication skills to express their anger or talk to her about being able to express it in a different way. 


    Answer by momjs at 9:49 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • Defitely talk to her before hand and tell her what you expect of her. If she does it give her a warning and if it continues I would take her home especially since this has been a problem in the past. You can also try a reward system for when she has playdates without problems maybe that would help like a sticker chart or something. Good luck.

    Answer by cougarkristi at 11:19 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • Thanks for all of the responses. I think I'm going to start a sticker chart for "problem free" playdates!

    Answer by sacarlin at 6:36 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

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