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Okay, humor aside, has anyone else experience this? He does it several times a day, usually when he anticipates not getting his way about something. Do I ignore it? It has made me laugh, which I am sure has done nothing but encourage the behavior, but it is really becoming annoying and sometimes embarrassing, like when he was doing it to me during my prenatal appt yesterday. He is also hitting sometimes.<br><br>
I know that a child does not have a sense of "other" until 18 months, and so the hitting is not something that he understands is hurting us, but I wish the growling and aggressive behavior could stop. Is there any chance? Or is this just typical boy stuff?
 

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This is a new thing for ds (2 yo), too. He growls at me, at furniture, at himself in the mirror. I think it's just another form of expression for them, and so long as it's not followed with any sort of violent behavior should be fine.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCXIpQGZa7A" target="_blank">This is mine</a>.
 

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It could just be a toddler thing. DD is almost 19 months, and she hits us a lot, we have had to repeatedly tell her no (and I give her time outs if she does it after being told no) - it has gotten better recently. She also growls, but not at me, she growls while playing with animal toys such as alligators and bears (she has an alligator washcloth for the bath and her daddy makes it growl and chase her around the bath, now she does this with everything that she thinks should growl, including fruit snacks shaped like animals). My guess is that this will pass as he gains more words to express himself.
 

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Ds does this too. He has been doing since 13 months. He also balls his fists up at me.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Yay! I am not alone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I think you all are right, and that it is his pre-verbal way of expressing himself. He has some words, but clearly not one for "I'm frustrated" except for the growling. The hitting is not fun and I am trying to get him to understand that it hurts us, but I don't think he grasps that yet. Empathy doesn't come for another few months according to Dr. Sears...
 
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