Tantrums & hitting
Went to story time again this morning but it didn't go as well today. Aly was throwing tantrums off & on! I tried getting her attention to involve her in the activities but she wanted nothing to do with it today. I was hoping that once the toys came out she would be better but she started taking the other kids toys & when I corrected her she got frustrated & threw something. So we left early. :-/
She's never been like this in public before but has started throwing tantrums at home & is becoming much more naughty & defiant. I know it's a little early to start putting her in time outs but I don't know what else to do & have done a couple time outs now. Her biggest issue is that she has started hitting me or the animals. All the animals are wonderful & she used to be so good with them. She understands how to be nice but only when she wants to be. She'll run up to them & hit them with her hand or a toy. I tell her no & that it hurts when she hits. And if I don't hold her arms she will hit me. Then I would try to get her mind onto something else but she seems hell bent on just going to hit again. She laughs at me when I tell her no or if I stop her before she can hit again. I am so surprised & frustrated by her behavior! That's why I've started trying time outs with her. I get down to her level & tell her the same thing, "No hitting! It hurts." Then I tell her not to do it again or she'll have to go to time out. Then when she does it again, I tell her the same thing only that I follow it up with telling her she needs to sit in a time out. I know she won't sit for a time out so I sit her on the couch, turn off the tv or any distractions around her & just hold her legs to keep her on the couch. I sit her there for 1 minute & don't say anything or make any eye contact. I barely hold her & she's actually not struggled at all which surprises me. She does whine & cry a little but seems to know she's there because she did something wrong. When the time is up I explain it to her again, give her a hug & she is surprisingly much better!
I know everyone says she is too young to understand but I really do think she's realizing something cause I have had to do this about 3-4 times this week & she always behaves better after.
I would love anyone's advise and/or input on this issue.
Thank you for the input!
Thanks for the input!!