Your Child’s Development
- Try to ignore it. Since attention is the desired outcome, ignoring the head banging may make your child realise it is not working. Of course, you can only ignore it if your child is not hurting himself.
- Pay attention to proper behaviour. Give your child attention when he behaves properly. You might even try a little reward, but make sure you discuss why he is getting a reward now as opposed to when he bangs his head.
- Do not overreact. Staying calm and reacting the same way each time will tell your child that you are not going to give in to his behaviour.
- Stop frustration before it starts. Check your child’s toys for anything that could be a source of frustration. Toys that are meant for older children are often the cause of frustration.
- Never bite your child back. Although it is tempting to ‘show him how it feels’, you should never confuse your child this way. Telling him that something is wrong and seeing you do it is a confusing lesson for a toddler to understand.
- Always take biting seriously. Even if the bite is just a nibble and is kind of funny, don’t giggle. Let your child know that the behaviour is not acceptable and he will be in trouble if he does it again.
- Don’t play bite. When you play with your child, resist the urge to give him playful bites on his toes or fingers. Again, this sends a very confusing message to a toddler.