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Any experienced mommas have advice on toddler behavior issues? My nearly 2 year old is becoming a bit of a bully and I don’t know why. She’s typically a sweet kid but she’s literally slapped and pushed other kids down at parties we’ve recently attended. I’m so embarrassed and just apologize profusely to the other parent 😬 when I say “no” to her it goes in one ear and out the other. Any guidance is appreciated!

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It’s a phase, we went through this too when we had a new baby and my toddler started being extra aggressive. Just keep showing her love but be firm and remove her from situations where she is hurting other kids. “You can’t hit / slap __ so I’m going to move you over here.” It doesn’t have to be punitive, just say it calmly while holding firm on boundaries. It’s especially hard in social situations where you’re also trying to be friendly with other parents, so I totally get and empathize with you.

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Check out big little feelings & Janet Lansbury. My two favorite parenting resources

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It’s a phase, worry not! One trick we use (also going through this a little bit) is getting on their level, eye to eye, and saying “hitting hurts, no hitting, you hurt your friend and made them sad. Please check in on (name of friend) and see if they’re okay.“ After they apologize and ask if their friend is okay. We follow it up with “what do we use hands for? Hands are for hugs! And high fives!”

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I started 1-2-3 Magic and it was magic. He still does terrible things (biting / pinching / hitting) but he knows that there are consequences. I still think sometimes he figures the enforced simmer time is worth the thrill of the bad behavior 😞

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Omg the gall!

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