Dealing with violent toddlers
Q: When I ask him to do something, my 2-year-old screams “No!” and then swings at me. When he hits me, I firmly reprimand him and try to put him in time-out, but that only makes matters worse. I’ve tried ignoring his screaming, but that doesn’t work. What should I do?
A: He must be your first child. Or, your first child was the one child in a hundred who wasn’t a “terrible” two. In either case, it’s behavior of the sort you describe — illogical, irrational, violent — that has given this age such a bad reputation. It’s also why one of my graduate school psychology professors maintained that toddlers were psychotic.