A child who is aggressive can cause parents a lot of anxiety. Most children occasionally bite or hit someone or push another child. So, if your child is sometimes aggressive, this does not mean that he or she will grow up like this. Toddlers are also curious and may not understand that biting or pulling hair hurts. However, if your child is aggressive he or she needs to understand that this is not applicable. Here are some suggestions I read on a book about children’s aggression and dealing with it:
• Don’t hit, bite or kick back. It makes behaving like that seem all right. You can make it clear that it hurts and you won’t allow it.
• If you’re with other children, say you’ll leave, or ask others to leave, if the behaviour continues – and do it!
• If the behaviour is directed at you at home and your warning is ignored, place your child in another room, where is safe for them to be, for a short period.
• Talk. Children often go through patches of insecurity or upset and let their feelings out by being aggressive. By talking to your child you may be able to help.
• Try to show your child how much you love him or her, even though you don’t love the way he or she is behaving.
• Help your child let his or her feelings out some other way.
• If you are seriously concerned about your child’s behaviour, it is also best to talk to a doctor.