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My DS is 23 mths and up until now he has been an angel! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/angel2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Angel2"><br><br>
I guess terrible 2's have hit our house because he is suddenly really spiteful and mean...he will go up to his big sister and hit her with sticks and pull her hair...for no apparent reason....sometime she does provoke him and sometimes it is because he can't communicate what it is he wants or needs but alot of the time it is unproked...I am not sure what to do...how to react when he does it...he has actually hurt her several times, pulled out clumps of hair and scratched...not just her, DH and myself are vitims of his abuse! (that sounds harsh!)<br><br>
Anyway, just wondering if anyone has been through this and come out the other side...I vaguely remember DD doing it but not to this extent...is it a boy thing?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hammer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hammer"><br><br>
Cheers<br><br>
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I don't know...but I was getting ready to post the exact same question! My 20 month old son has the same problem <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help">
 

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DD has gone through several phases of this behavior. I always went over and told her to be gentle, that we don't hit whatever is it, and kept reinforcing it over and over again. Now that she is a bit older, and is more verbal and capable of telling me alot, she hits because she knows that she isn't supposed to. Now I remove her from the area for a minute, we have a moment where we sit together and I talk about why we don't hit. It only took a couple times, she hasn't hit for about 2 weeks now.
 

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Further to this...we are also having a bit of an issue with pretend guns and swords...I would never ever buy them or have them in the house but a lot of friends of DS and DD have them at home and they are now imitating the behaviour with sticks and other like things...which are then used for hitting...drumsticks are a favourite!<br><br>
Any other ideas? I think I will post this in Gentle Discipline as well..<br><br>
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