Aggressiveness. Ahhh!

My one and a half-year-old has been very aggressive lately. He thinks it is funny when he hits and kicks anything and everything and throw stuff at people. He is a very strong boy. He has two older brothers who do not hit and are trying to stop him from doing it but he continues to and thinks it's just the funniest thing. Dad and I are at wits end, do not know what to do anymore. We've tried timeout bed yelling smacking hand, taking stuff away and nothing works. Any suggestions because I don't know what to do?

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    08/05/14
    Yikes. I've not been there yet, but I'm sure a mom on here has gone through this before. Do you redirect or have you tried positive reinforcement? If you don't hit, then (good thing) instead of just negative consequences?

    I know when I was a child, negative repercussions didn't work at all. You could take everything from me, I didn't care, I just wanted my freedom, lol.

    BUT if you gave me something to look forward to, a reason to modify my behavior... then I did.

    It might work for him too, never know.
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      08/05/14
      My son is like this. I have found that he has a very alpha male personality and so it is his way or the highway. Just getting him to walk out of a room is like World War Three! He is also a year and a half, it is so hard because you can't reason with him. The thing that has worked the best for us is that I try and give him as much control over the little things as much as possible. I give him a choice whenever I can. I show him two shirts in the morning and let him pick (and he will stand there looking at them taking his time to decide), I give him two options for lunch, I let him get things for himself, he loves fruit snacks and I have them in the same place all the time and when I tell him he can have some he runs to the cupboard and gets them himself...before he wouldn't even want those if it was my idea some days. And just little things like that. Every little thing that I can let him decide that isn't worth fighting over I do. The hitting has almost totally gone away. The stubborn behavior is a lot less, he still has his days but man has it helped!
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        08/05/14
        8Theresa Gould
        I don't really have any experience in this. What Cassaundra and Amy said makes sense.
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          08/05/14
          I have 3 boys and NEVER have experienced this. He is an extremely smart child. Has been since day one! Very self reliant and sufficient. I'm ok with that. I encourage it! But this complete defiance is crazy. U tell him no, he looks at u and smiles and does it again. U ignore it he does it harder. U walk away he follows. It is crazy to me. I'll def try every idea. Thank u!
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          08/05/14
          Yup! I totally understand. That is the same description of my son.
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