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should my 2 year old seeing a therapist or is this a normal terrible 2s?

so last night we had to take a friend to the hospital off post kuse shes not military. while we where there i took the opportunity to talk to one of the nurses about my 2 year old. here lately hes been getting kinda mean with the animal, pulling on there skin, pushing them out of my lap, but hes only that half the time. the other half hes trying to hand feed them, play fetch, or crawl in there little dog cages to sleep with them. well he also gets really mad at the TV if the people on it are mad or scared and takes every thing he can apart and throws things when hes mad. so since I'm not use to this hospital and they did a 50/50 job with my friend last night just like the ob i see in the building dose i dont know if i want to take her words to heart and take him. are these things normal or should we take him to see someone?


Asked by Manda_Evans at 2:20 PM on Jul. 31, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Be mindful of what he view on television. Other than that he sounds like a normal toddler.

    Answer by Fallaya at 2:53 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • That all sounds normal to me.

    As long as he isn't trapping the animals somewhere with purposeful intent to cause serious harm it's okay. He's just jealous of the animals.
    And toddler tantrums (including throwing things) is normal too. Sounds like he's learning to develop empathy. And as a mom you're going to have to teach him what ways are more appropriate to express his feelings.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:24 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • I would bring it up to his Pediatrician and see what they say about it. I would defidently have him evaluated.

    Answer by DesertRose75 at 2:24 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Though it does sound like he's having Temper Tantrums which is normal for that age.

    Answer by DesertRose75 at 2:27 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • To be causing harm to a pet isn't ok. I think some correction need to be made when it starts let him know that we can't hurt our animals. It could be possible that he has seen someone do it and he is acting out on his behavior.. HE is understand alot more now so your action do speak louder then words. It is possible he is modeling himself after someone or something he seen. Talk about it with your Pediatrician.

    Answer by Claudiomom at 2:30 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • You have to teach him that he cannot play roughly with the animals. You have to teach him that throwing fits is unacceptable behavior. He does not know how to behave, and you have to teach him what is and is not acceptable. He won't just automatically learn any of those things. All he knows is that he is going to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, unless you or someone else in authority stops him. Children are born selfish, and they must be trained to live unselfishly. You need to teach him that when Mommy tells him something once, it must be done. Otherwise, there will be swift and yes, painful, consequences. Sounds like you are already a little behind schedule, but not to worry, you can still catch him up. Start today by telling him that we don't pull the dog's tail at our house. Then if he pulls the dog's tail, administer a little pain to his bottom end and tell him again that we don't do that in this house. Etc

    Answer by NannyB. at 2:36 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • its not that we let him do it he gets in trouble when he is mean to them and when he gets mad at the tv. it just seems to not be sinken in or he just dosent care about it when hes told. i've tried sending to his room early bed time out.

    Comment by Manda_Evans (original poster) at 2:42 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • It sounds normal. His reactions to the TV are simply him immitating what he sees. Which is normal. Him destroying things is normal for a toddler, especially boys. Him harming the animals could be just him acting out or it could be a little bit of jealousy when they're with you. Kids don't always know their limits and sometimes are too aggressive. Just talk to him about being appropriate and behaving nicely to the animals. And alsot each him not to destroy his toys.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 2:47 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

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