My son, who is almost 18 months old, has been kicking, hitting (open and closed fist) and biting for some months now and is just not stopping no matter how often I say no and put distance between us (i.e. unlatch and set down on floor, leave the room, etc) and I am consistent. We also have problems with him throwing things. I've had to put most of his hard toys away for the time being. Still, he'll throw cups, forks, basically anything in reach at us, too. It's too much. For him it's all just a game. I'm recently a single mom with very little time for myself, and getting most of my support from my 10 year old dd, who needs me, too, in her own ways . . . and my patience with him is growing thinner with each passing day. In the meantime I have totally lost it and swatted his backside, screamed in his face, and this is just NOT what I want to be doing. It's probably making things worse, and spanking isn't even legal here.
I realize that this is pretty normal toddler behavior, with testing limits and what not, but it must stop soon or I'm going to lose it again. I can't nurse him without being beaten, kicked or bitten at the breast. Nursing him down for the night is the same. He has high energy levels and enjoys the kicking and hitting - it's rarely an angry reaction to anything - and I've been trying to get him to burn off that energy with more physical activity, but he just escalates to a full meltdown for the most part. I feel totally physically abused, extremely resentful and at a total loss of what to do to remedy the situation. We are also in the middle of night weaning now (nearly 2 weeks in). It seems to me like he just wants more attention, but I only have so much to give.