What to do if Your Toddler Bites and Hits

Does your young toddler bite and hit others?

Biting and Hiting

Does your child bite or hit other toddlers in a playground or at a playgroup? Fortunately this is a behaviour most kids will outgrow, once they can learn to express themselves better. Nicolas Long, co-author of Parenting the Strong-Willed Child elaborates. “Often biting is related to language development. As children’s language development improves and they can express their frustration about what’s causing them to be upset, they tend to bite less.”

Parents can help prevent the behaviour by nothing what triggers it. “Is it when they’re playing with another child and the child takes the toy away? If that’s the case, then the child needs to be monitored very closely and the parents need to look at using a lot of positive approaches when children do interact with other children well and they don’t get frustrated, and they attend or praise the child when they get frustrated but they don’t bite.”

The Parent Report’s expert guest is Nicholas Long, co-author of Parenting the Strong Willed Child.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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