I have two boys today that I'm babysitting. One is 5, the other is 28-29 months. The older one I have no problem with, but the toddler hits- A LOT. Last week I put him in time out 3 times for hitting and pushing Tobey. He just seems to do it for no particular reason although the time he pushed, it was because Tobey had a toy he wanted. And I found out this morning that he bites, too.
So far they've been here for 2 hours and he's hit Tobey or pushed him 4 times. Each time I explained to him why he shouldn't do that. He actually kicked Tobey and knocked him off the couch into the coffee table during Yo Gabba Gabba for no reason I could see. If I hadn't been sitting right there that could have been really bad, but I mostly caught him. (You have no idea how hard it is to discipline one toddler while consoling another lol). AND when I was fixing breakfast Tobey came screaming into the kitchen with a bite-mark on his finger!
Answer by benjamink at 10:30 AM on Apr. 21, 2010
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Answer by Bearsjen at 10:33 AM on Apr. 21, 2010
Redirection, redirection, redirection! When the child starts to hit, stop him and explain to him that hitting hurts, and that we need to use our words instead. Then redirect him to a different activity/toy. Have you talked with the mom to see how she handles discipline problems? She may not do time out, but rather another type of discipline. Ask her how she wants you to handle the situation if her son bites or hits. And as far as this- "(You have no idea how hard it is to discipline one toddler while consoling another)", console the injured child first, then discipline the other child.
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