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#1 of 4 Old 07-25-2009, 10:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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UGH. My 2 year (a young 2 - but very verbal) is spitting on us. A very wet raspberry kind of thing intended to get spit on us (the rest of the family, me, DH 6 year old DD and 5 year old DD)

He's generally going through a testing his limits stage anyway. The spitting is driving everyone crazy and is just not acceptable.

Any ideas on getting him to stop?
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No ideas, just sympathy here. I must say "no spitting!" about 100x/day. We decided a year ago to eliminate raspberries from our playtime, because we could foresee the two year old who just spit at people. Well, it didn't work. We still have a two year old who likes to blow spit bubbles, raspberries and to spit and run. Just this week, he began covering his mouth when he spits, and just spitting into his hand. An improvement, but still gross.

We've been saying "no spitting" for a year, but it just doesn't catch on. He stops at that moment, but later in the day he's right back to it.

I feel your pain.

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I curtailed this pretty fast with my Dd by telling her - with a big grin and NO reaction to the rudeness of spitting in my face, "OH! We ONLY spit in the SINK!"

I think spitting is a really fun discovery for kids, and if it's squelched it will come out in anti-social kinds of ways. Once she knew that she could run to the bathroom sink and spit any time she wanted, the fascination with spitting anywhere else was dramatically reduced.

If they figure out that it's a trigger for your annoyance, they'll probably make plays for that attention.

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I curtailed this pretty fast with my Dd by telling her - with a big grin and NO reaction to the rudeness of spitting in my face, "OH! We ONLY spit in the SINK!"

I think spitting is a really fun discovery for kids, and if it's squelched it will come out in anti-social kinds of ways. Once she knew that she could run to the bathroom sink and spit any time she wanted, the fascination with spitting anywhere else was dramatically reduced.

If they figure out that it's a trigger for your annoyance, they'll probably make plays for that attention.
Ditto this exactly. "We can spit in the sink. Do you want me to get a stool for you?"
My ds is 22 months, and spitting on anyone and everything, including the cat, and as a very clear statement when he's frustrated or overtired. I found that redirecting him to the sink or bathtub has helped curtail it for the most part the rest of the day.
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