Is it normal that my 16 month old son hits and bites?
So my son has started to hit myself, his father and even his cousin (she is 18 months old). If he gets frustrated, he will either hit us or throw down the toy that is making him mad. Whenever his cousin puts her fingers close to his mouth, he bites her! I have seen a lot of moms say that children tend to act like this around this age, especially boys. My question is what did you do about it? I don't want to spank him because I am trying to teach him that "hitting" is bad. Did your kids do this and how did you get them to stop? TIA!
As parents we need to try out best to pick up on our child's cues, he is just trying to communicate with you. Don't punish him, instead try to help figure out what he is trying to communicate and help him with using words.
Don't feel awful! It is so hard at this stage when they have their own little feelings, wants, and opinions but they can't communicate them. My daughter is 17months old so I am right there with you.
Simply and FIRMLY tell him no.. Get in his face, look right in his eyes and say it NO HITTING .. and then remove him from the situation or put him down.. or put him in corner and repeat as necessary.. He knows.. he's testing.. be stronger and do NOT give in.. a tiny hit is as bug as a big hit..