Posted by: Wendy on 19 August 2010
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Hi, peg some newspapers on the washing line and give him a stick to hit it with. The noise and seeing the newspaper ripped to pieces will give him satisfaction and a good way of getting rid of his anger and frustration.
it is possible your child has sensory processing issues - I dont know much about his behaviour etc but I would look into meeting with an occupational therapist.
A few good dollops of Tabasco Sauce ought to do the trick!
Hi there. I have two daughters (3 & 2 years old) Both have had this habit from very early on. In my opinion it is definitely linked to frustration at expressing themselves. Both seem to do it less and less as they grow older... I do not believe it requires therapy yet, but I am no professional..
Wow. So what you are wanting to teach him is "When you get angry, hit something" Until he hits you that is. Then he will be termed abusive. Will you take the blame for that?
One of my sisters used to do that, and she did it well into her teens. Today we tease her about it and she laughs along.
My brother did exactly the same thing when he was that age, we tried everything we even poured vinegar on his fists. Eventually he grew out of it, especially when the kids at school started to tease him about it. I don't think there is anything wrong with your kid, it's just his way of expressing his feelings (agitation, irritation, anger etc.)
It's not necessary to give him another violent outlet as has been suggested. My son used to bite himself really hard, or scratch his face when he was angry or frustrated. He was 5 at the time.
I found that just by engaging with him, validating his feelings and talking with him - not at him - for a few minutes was more than enough to get him to calm down. We did this everytime and eventually he realised someone was there listening to him. Big problem is that kids don't feel anyone is relating, listening or empathising with them.
I'm 42 years old, when I get really angry I bite my hand. It's helps calm me down, once I've done it, it's over - it's an outlet, like screaming at the top of your lungs. I've done this my whole life, no-one told me it's wrong and I don't regret it. It's my way of dealing with severe stress.
Have you tried beating the child? That may solve your problem?