Toddlers frequently exhibit a wide range of emotions, which can be seen in their actions. Hitting is one of the many behaviors that parents may witness. A child may attack people out of anger or for inexplicable reasons and regardless of the humiliation and frustration it creates, a child assaulting items or others is usually for a reason.
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Parents must understand that when a toddler hits, it is done with no malice. Toddlers between the ages of 18 and 36 months become increasingly conscious of their individuality and begin to identify their needs and desires. They strive to communicate but cannot often convey their feelings, leading to tantrums and biting.
Here are tips to deal with a toddler that hits others
1 Manage the triggers
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In most circumstances, you'll be able to identify the source or trigger of the child hitting others. Check to see whether the child has recently clashed with a sibling or if the toddler is upset over an event or a person. Identifying the trigger may allow you to manage it to make the situation less frustrating for the kid. For example, if your toddler frequently slaps your sibling for a toy, removing the toy or offering separate toys may help you manage the issue before it escalates into striking and tantrums.
2 Provide alternatives
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Find other ways to redirect your toddler's enthusiasm and desire to strengthen his or her motor abilities. For example, give children toys that are designed for hitting or pressing, such as a stress ball. You can also teach kids alternatives to hitting, such as clapping their hands or counting numbers.
3 Provide emotional support
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Being there for them emotionally is an excellent strategy to help them overcome their hitting habit. Toddlers frequently experience insecurity as a result of changes in their environment or the constant stress of a routine. Provide emotional support to your toddler by speaking to them anytime they appear distressed by a change or on the edge of a breakdown.
4 Check for influence
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If your toddler continues to hit despite your efforts, see if the toddler is learning it through witnessing someone else. You can see if the toddler has picked up the behavior of hitting from someone and try to correct the habit.
5 Always prevent the situation
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If you suspect your child is ready to punch someone, intervene before it happens. The best method to accomplish this is to divert their attention.
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