So my 22 month old son has kicked 2 different kids on 2 separate occasions....once at a play date here at home and once at the mall play area. This is very upsetting an embarrassing to my husband and I. We don't know why he is doing this!
We do not spank nor does he watch any violent TV/video games...he is our first child so there aren't any siblings. He is home with me so he is not at pre-school where he would copy this from another kid.
HELP! Has your little one done this? Is it a phase? Why is he doing it? How did you handle it?
When he does it, we remove him from the scene and firmly tell him "no kicking". We make him sit for 1 to 2 minutes and then let him play again. In today's case, he went right back and kicked the same kid so actually that makes 3 kicks, not 2 like I said. We left the play area after that because I was so embarrassed and thought that he should not get to play anymore.
His attention span is so short and he is still trying to talk with some struggle so I really don't know how to reprimand him at this age.
My granddaugher who is 25 months will do this. You are doing exactly what you should. She has a habit of kicking my 11 month old when she is getting annoyed at him for doing thing that she doesn't like, ie playing with the toys she wants to... I know that she has started to understand finally and will feel bad when she does it and is caught. If she feels that no one is looking she is more likely to do it. Timeouts and talking to her about what she did wrong work great with her.
Quoting k,c,k mom:" My granddaugher who is 25 months will do this. You are doing exactly what you should. She has a habit ... [snip!] ... that no one is looking she is more likely to do it. Timeouts and talking to her about what she did wrong work great with her."
We are being consistent. So far it only happened on 2 occasions so hopefully we can nip it in the butt fast. It's so upsetting for me
I totally understand where you are coming from the first time my daughter saw Gracie doing it to Keyan she freaked out and apologized to me over and over. Just make sure to be consistant and anytime you see it make sure your little one knows that it is not ok and have consequences. It will be ok and just know it is a phase in development. I will get better.