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Why does my toddler hit?

Why does my toddler hit?

Has your otherwise friendly toddler suddenly started hitting people? Many children this age start communicating their feelings physically, partly as a way to get your attention and partly because their language skills are still limited.

Here's how to help curb the behavior:

  • Make a show of noticing when your child communicates without hitting. Positive rewards for acceptable behavior teach better than negative consequences for bad behavior.
  • Don't put your child into social situations when you know she's ready for a nap or too hungry to be calm.
  • Try to spend some time alone with your child each day so you can give him your full attention when you play together.
  • Hang in there! Soon your child will develop language skills that will help her communicate much more effectively.

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yuk 4/29/2016
This happened my baby now. It's really helpful.

He thinks it's funny

3/22/2016
My toddler hits me and then laughs. He does it when he wants to show off for some one. I say no we don't hit and put him down. I continue this until he stops. We are now up to about 2 times of being told no and put down before he gets it.

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3/13/2016
My toddler hits just about everyone and I can't understand why. Possibly for attention. Other times it's because he doesn't want to share. This article was helpful to help understand and curb the hitting.

please note hit

barb 3/7/2016
We make very sad face when are toddler hits us . He still does not understand this yet .

My 19 month old Daughter HITS

nancy 2/8/2016
She hits and bits everyone my Mother that watches her during the when I work. My Daughter also hits and bits my 2 older nieces. I always tell her to say sorry and apologize and give a hug.
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