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Guest Jun 15, 2014 12:56:46 AM ET

My grandson, 13 months old, is acting out by hitting my chihuahua when I give her attention while he's around. I do believe it to be jealousy. What can I do to make him more accepting of her?! All she tries to do is love on him and lick him. Thanks!

Guest Jun 18, 2014 11:50:21 AM ET

Try having him take care of her with you. brush her together, have him give treats, etc. it worked when for my son and pups when both were dealing with jealousy.

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Guest Mar 29, 2014 12:26:34 AM ET

I think this article is a crock of shit. You're telling me if he throws his food then give him the option to go outside and play catch. Isn't that all they wanna do anyways. This will just teach them to throw their food at every meal so they can go upside and play. And how can you tell a two year old "don't hit." You can get angry but you can't hit? This is crazy. What two year old will understand this. If this is the way we are supposed to raise our children then I'm afraid of the future. Just imagine my son's generation or even the next. Our country will be protected by people who don't believe in consequences. Just imagine a drill Sergent in boot camp yelling at a recruit and the recruit crying saying, "you can't yell at me." Our country will certainly be taken over by a country who actually disciplines there children and there won't be anything we can do about it but cry.

bre Jul 17, 2014 06:39:41 AM ET

Rude and wrong all at the same time! not sure what your kids are like, but most two year olds i know can understand when you say, "do not hit me." they're toddlers, not idiots. and how does discussing toddler behavior turn into a "that's what's wrong with our country" rant?

Jane Nov 4, 2014 07:47:27 PM ET

Come on people were parents. it takes a village to raise a child. i'm not sure how your comment got posted with curse words, but it is not necessary everyone is allowed there opinion. let's all act like the good, mature parents we are.

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Guest Oct 18, 2013 06:54:56 AM ET

I babysit my 3 year old niece now I have my 1 and half years old niece and 6 month old niece living with me. My 3 year old niece has never shared our attention an now she's hitting biting and mean. We have not changed how we treat her yet nothing is working. She's mean and tries to hurt the other girls. We've tried everything to reassure her shes still special yet she's gotten even worse. We don't know what to do she has really hurt the other girls where we wont leave them alone. We're scared she will seriously hurt one of them.

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Kiddy Mar 19, 2013 01:57:11 AM ET

Help my 2 1/2 son he won't eat meal. All he wants to do is drink milk and snack fruit. I am frustrated and I really try to switch meals so he does not get bored. Pls any suggestions

Travis M. Apr 3, 2013 01:28:05 AM ET

I find that my 4 year old son wants to eat my food, so i trick him. i eat some then say, "hey, are you eating my carrots & apples? he grabbs them and starts crunching! he thinks its so funny. he will eat anything with dips. also, he doesn't want to chew to much, so i cut things up well with kitchen shears, quickly too.

Nicole Jan 8, 2014 01:29:21 AM ET

Honestly, just keep serving the items you want them to try. never remove it from their plate because they "don't eat it" and always encourage them to try it!

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Judy Dec 22, 2012 09:01:31 PM ET

There is a limit to which a child's bad behaviour should be condoned. Kids know what they are doing even from an early stage so should be corrected as soon as they start to exhibit such bad behaviours. It is the absence of discipline to our kids that make them grow up into disobedient people and lack respect too. The law allows them get away with every and anything and that is why there are a lot of kids committing crimes because they know they will be treated with kids gloves and get away lightly with their bad behaviours and deeds. More discipline need to be enforced with our children so the society will not degenerate into a lawless society.

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Teresa Dec 3, 2012 03:02:56 AM ET

I am raising my 3 year old grandson. He can be sweet one minute and then turn into the tazmanian devil the next for no reason at all. He hits, kicks, bites and headbutts all at once. I've tried the hold that the teachers tell me but it can last as long as a half an hour and I'm dead by that time. He also picks on my 8 yr old pomi. He'll hit her, throw things at her and gets in her face and she growls or snaps at him (can't blame her). I've told him it's wrong, put her outside (and that's not fair to her)and done my best to separate them but he won't listen, just goes back doing it and complaining the dog growled at him. I tell him he's the one who started it and she's scared and just trying to protect herself. He also goes around making loud screeching noises for no reason at all, esp. at church and won't stop. I'm at my wits end on how to handle all this. Any advise?

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teresa Oct 10, 2012 04:35:22 PM ET

As a mother of seven and granma of seven, I have seen my share of "toddler" behaviors. Each child is different, there is not "one" way to deal with a child. Ignoring bad behavior, when you can, will surely help to decrease the behavior. Time out works too. Sometimes you may have to sit the child on your lap and hold them wiht you in time out. Do not confuse this with the child getting attention. While holding them you do not speak to them, you just hold them on your lap and "make" them sit in time out. I cannot say this enough: speak then act quickly. Do not be the parent that says over and over again, "Stop that or you will be in trouble, or do you want a spanking" or wait till daddy gets home" you must act quickly. Once your toddler sees that you mean business, things will go more smoothly. It is also important to give your toddler a choice, when you can. For example: if you are at the store, the child will not sit in to cart. The choice might be, you may walk with me, staying close by, or you may sit in the cart. In this way, the toddler has the choice. If they make the first choice and don't stay close by, then you tell them... "now you must sit in the cart, I gave you a choice to make, you made that choice" Think of toddlers and miniture adults. We all like to have choices and not be told what to do all the time. Persistence is the key to getting your toddler to obey you.

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Lisa Jun 11, 2012 12:50:25 AM ET

I have a 2 1/2 year old who throws things, mostly at his sister who is 8. He thinks its funny and we disipliine him but he still does it. He also pulls her hair thinking its funny. He has started to hit and pinch, not hard but playing around. I dont know what to do anymore. He is very smart little boy but this is getting out of hand. please help!!!

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Nikki May 31, 2012 05:32:03 PM ET

I have a 1 1/2 year old, he's recently been hitting my face (not really hard, but that's not the point) when he gets mad or upset that something has been taken away. Instinctively, I have done what this page has instructed..but I'm not really sure if he's understanding. :( He doesn't hit other kids..its just me and he doesn't seem mad..more playful mad. I'm so confused!

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Meaghan May 11, 2012 02:03:06 AM ET

I disagree that the biter should be delt with first. The victim should be delt with first. This will be a blow to the bitter. Espesially if the biter is your own child. They may get more frustrated when you do not show them the attention they expected, but that is life. I will not reward you with my attention for that behavior. Once I have made sure that the victim is OK THEN I go back to the biter who is totally baffled at what just happened, let them know that this behavior is unacceptable. If this behavior continues they will be removed from the situation. NO IF AND'S OR BUTS AND FOLLOW THROUGH! If you say you are going to do something do it!

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