My 17 month old has been having some very violent tantrums lately, and im not really sure how I should be handling it. Whe she gets frustrated, she hits, scratches, bites and squeezes me, her sitter, dad, and anyone else in her path. She also does this to herself. Sometimes she starts banging her head into the wall.
when shes had enough of the sitter (i work at home, the sitter keeps her busy while i work, but they are never far from me). She will run after her trying to hurt her.
This is what I’ve been doing: I ask her to be gentle. I tell her that it hurts mama (or whoever else), and makes me sad. I show her the wound, and she usually says ”booboo” and kisses it. But she will be right back at it the next time she gets mad.
When shes pulls and squeezes at her self (usually her face and eyes), I have no idea what to do, I just ask her to be gentle.
What should I be doing? Is this normal? Are there any good books that deal with this sort of thing?
Thank you for any insight!