I don't know how it got to this point. For the past year, my 3.5 year old son will punch himself in the head whenever he does not get his way, or if he is told he cannot do something, or if he is scolded. I have no idea what to do. Today, he wanted to do something which we could not do at the moment (he wanted ice cream and we were traveling), so he started punching himself over and over in the head. Daycare told us that he does the same with them, and they are ignoring the bad behavior and trying to focus on rewarding good behavior. So do we just ignore him punching himself? At first we tried to just make him happy and give him what he wants just to keep it quiet. But that is unrealistic. No one can live their lives like that. Light spanking does not work. He has a speech delay, so trying to explain to him why he cannot hit himself does not work. I have no idea what else to do. Can anyone help? He is turning into a monster.Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 6:31 PM on Jul. 26, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)
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My son does this when he messes something up. For example if he is coloring and he colors outside the lines, he will hit himself. He is only 3. When I see him hurt himself, I get on his level and make him stop. I tell him over and over again that it is not right to hurt ourselves. Then I ask him if he would hit someone else and he says no and we tell him that him hitting himself is just as bad as if he hit his sister. Then we also tell him that it hurts us when he hits himself and it makes me sad. He does not like to make us sad, his father and me, and so he will stop. We then try and figure out what the problem is and work on making it better.
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