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I have a 15-month-old who has been hitting and pulling hair for awhile now. You're right that they don't really know they're hurting others. Just tonight my DD was pulling my hair REALLY hard and laughing.

I don't think time outs will help at all. To me, time outs are to help a child calm down and "think about what they did"...and she doesn't really understand what she's done. I don't believe 18 months is old enough for a time out for any behavior, really.

I would just keep a close watch on her and pay more attention to the injured party, rather than your DD, when something does happen. I'm not sure what to tell your daycare provider...other than you don't believe time outs will help. There must be some info on childhood development out there that talks about the empathy level of an 18-month-old (nonexistent, lol).

I try to avoid and redirect as much as possible with my DD, but it doesn't always happen.
 
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