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How to manage aggressive behavior in toddlers

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A toddler may not have much to say, but she has strong opinions, and if words fail to communicate her message, she will immediately resort to more primitive ways of communication. Some toddlers don't even require the incentive of anger to get physical, the sheer exhilaration of being aggressive may be enough to get them moving.

If you start noticing aggressive behavior in your toddler, don't fret because aggressive behavior in toddlers can be addressed, but it will need a lot of patience on your part, as well as clear boundaries and guidelines from the beginning.

How to handle aggressive behavior in your toddler

1 Discourage aggressive play

Keep an eye out for ways in which violence may infiltrate your child's play. Your child is one step away from acting out the deed in real life if she starts making her doll hit other dolls. Simply intervene if you notice your toddler engaging in violent behavior while playing.

2 Reduce exposure to violence

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 Allowing children to play with violent toys or watch shows can teach them to believe that violence is OK which is why it is best to limit access to toy firearms and other violent objects.

3 Recognize your child's triggers

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A child can get irritable if he or she is tired, hungry, overstimulated, or anxious. Pay attention to these signs to predict aggressive conduct. Avoid unpleasant situations if you can, or be prepared to hold your child's hand.

4 Be a role model 

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 If you start shouting and raving and flying off the handle whenever you're unhappy, your toddler will learn that it's normal for her to do the same when she's upset. Toddlers love to imitate their caregivers, so demonstrate self-control for them.

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