Attention Mothers! (and Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Teachers, Daycare Providers and anyone else that has experience with toddlers!)
I am asking for child rearing advice! My precious baby boy (15 months), whom you all know I just adore, is a very stubborn, strong-willed little guy. The older he gets, the harder he gets to handle! He definitely understands what "no" means, but he rarely chooses to listen to it. We've tried to be firm and consistent with him, giving time outs and/or redirecting him to another activity, but in two seconds flat he is back to doing the unwanted behavior.
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Our biggest problem lately is that he is becoming violent. If we tell him "no" and try to pick him up, or walk him away from where he is, he'll bite! He has also been known to pinch and hit, mainly in the face. Don't get me wrong- I'm not trying to make him sound like a little monster! He doles out as many kisses and hugs as he does bites, but we need him to realize that biting is NOT OK! Last week my left forearm was covered in jaw shaped bruises and this week it is my right arm. He tends to bite me more than his Dad or anyone else. I think it is because I'm the one home with him all day so I'm the main disciplinarian.
So, I'm wondering. Has anyone dealt with this sort of thing (obviously!)? What did you do? What worked for you? Do you have any ideas to help stop the biting, specifically, or about dealing with a strong-willed child, in general? I'm open to any and all suggestions and I'm getting desperate for some help in this area! We are bringing Brennan to the doctor for his 15 month well baby check this morning and I definitely plan to ask the doctor what he suggests, as well. Here's hoping someone has some good advice for me!