I have an almost 3 yr old son (He will be 3 in Jan) and he is a well behaved child when he is alone. He is very loving and polite and LOVES to play with other kids. I have been at my wits end though in the last 2 months or so. We had a daughter that was born back in May and is now 5 months old. He is fantastic with her and has never shown any jealousy signs. What started was at daycare (He is there for 4-5hrs on mondays and fridays) he began hitting or pushing the other toddlers without being provoked. He never had any issues with these kids before up until 2 months ago. My daycare lady told me that he hit a girl in the face with a plastic shovel, she was just standing there. Now its to the point when another child is near him, and not provoking it, he will just shove them onto the ground. When he does this he will appologize right away and say he is sorry then give hugs, when I take him aside I ask him why he pushed and he says because "Im not listening to mamma", I ask him if pushing is nice and he says "no, its not nice", I tell him that he cant push people because it is not nice to hurt other people and that he wont be able to visit with the other kids if he isnt going to be nice to them. He just acts as though he isnt listening to me when I say this to him. I really wonder if he is doing this to get attention from me. I have caught him looking right at me when he walks over to another kid to push them. I am so nervous and embarrassed when we go over to someones house or have them at ours because he could hurt their child. I dont want people to think that he is a horrible child because he really is such a sweet kid. He was always such a loving and friendly little boy and was always so easy to watch, people used to compliment me on how good he was. Now I am seeing this slipping away and I really dont know what to do. I have tried spending alone time with just him and I, going for a walk to the park I even have him in swimming lessons just him and I.....I always praise him when he is being good, or listening well, saying please and thank-you but I just dont know if it is something he is missing from me or something that I am missing??? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Almost 3yr old that hurts other kids...