Yikes! We have untempered, single-pane windows, and DS runs up to them and hits them. With his palms, but also with his blocks, spoons, etc. I think he likes the noise, and maybe also the attention he suddenly gets. But I can't ignore it--it's dangerous! I don't know how to get this through to him. He seems to know he's not supposed to, but does it anyway. Same thing with stove knobs. Seems like the more stern-voiced I get, he gets stressed out and does it more. And then I show him how worried and stressed I am in my face, and he bursts into tears and bites me. And I feel like a bad mom. We've been gently redirecting and saying "don't hit glass, hurt baby" for months and months, and he still does it. Do all toddlers do this? How do you cope with it, or similar double binds?
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11/30/02 at 5:09pm