Hi! I'm looking for a few new ideas on how to help with this situation:
When it's time to leave friends (kids or adults), my 4 yr old DS starts to hurt them (bump, swat at, push, squeeze, kick) - generally engage in behaviors that he knows he shouldn't be doing and that nobody likes. All mild, but unpleasant and unacceptable. I believe his motivation is that he's frustrated about his lack of control over the situation and he doesn't know what to do with that sensation. He wants to be there longer/play more/continue, but I'm saying it's time to say goodbye and leave. When I try to gently come down to his level and talk to him about it, or say anything else to him during this goodbye period, he resists connection (from ignoring to running out of reach). So, ideas on how to handle this gracefully?