Helping Aggressive Toddlers — There is Good News!

Helping Aggressive Toddlers — There is Good News!

Oct 16, 2018

More and more parents and educators are having to address aggressive toddler behavior today. Relevant modern research has uncovered effective strategies based on love and logic skills.

Toddlers and preschoolers who express regular aggressive behavior who do not receive the right intervention before they enter school are likely to experience repeated failure. This will follow them in school and other aspects of life. The odds are high that they will often feel frustrated and disappointed. It is also likely they will inflict both physical and emotional pain on others. The youngster who is notorious for biting, kicking, punching, or other violent behaviors don’t usually grow out of it with help.

Fortunately, after many studies conducted over the past 25 years, researchers now understand how to prevent aggressive behavior in toddlers from becoming a way of life for the long-term. There are ways to help young kids adopt peaceful, not harmful, behavior on a daily basis.

Begin Intervention as Early in The Child’s Life as Possible

At this age, time is on our side, yet it is also a hindrance. If the intervention starts very early, it is likely to be successful. However, studies have shown that if a young child is still exhibiting aggressive behavior by age 10, the odds of conducting a successful intervention are quite low. Never assume a child will outgrow bad behavior over time.

Limit Exposure to Television and Videos

We all know that young’ uns mimic what they see, therefore common sense dictates that parents should monitor what children watch. Decades of research support the negative effects of unhealthy television viewing behavior on kids. Don’t rely on movie and TV ratings or the times that shows air. Preview everything your youngsters might see.

Practice Alternatives to Spanking

Many great parents today with nice families still believe that spanking is a good disciplinary measure. Their well-behaved children may appear to be proof that an occasional slap on the bottom can do wonders. But, if you look a little closer, you find out there is more to the story. These parents may believe spanking is the key to success, but what has really helped shape their nice children is love, guidance, limits, and consistency. Oftentimes, these parents have rarely spanked their children. The kids are good because the parenting is on par.

The bottom line is that little ones copy adult behavior. If a child is already showing aggression, does it make sense to respond with a smack on the bottom? In fact, research has proven that kids who are hit at home tend to be much more aggressive than those who are not. Parents who argue the facts often have kids with emotional problems.

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