How do I keep my 1 year old from pinching and biting?
My 1 year daughter screams and pinches and also bites. i am unable to understand her behaviour. i have tried making her understand in many ways . sometimes i loose my temper because its so painful when she pinches, but she is not corrected.
At one year old, there is not much she is going to understand about her behavior, but most at that age can read body language. If you give a stern look to the eye when she bites and use strong tone in your words, she will respond. Time out in your lap looking away from you each time for a minute or so often works.
Be consistent in your response to the behavior.
Be sure she had her one year old check up at the pediatrician's office to be sure her development is on target for her age.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
You sound like you are frustrated with your daughter's behavior, and it is good that you are reaching out for help. There are several things that you may want to think about when she pinches and/or bites you. The first and most critical things is what happens after her inappropriate behavior? does she get her way? If so, you may be reinforcing the behavior that you want her to stop! It will be very important that you not give in or let her get what she wants when she acts this way. Another thing that you may want to try is to show her an alternative behavior when she hits, pinches or bites. An example of this might be if she hits you on the arm, you can calmly say â‚¬Å“no,â‚¬" gently take her hand and have her touch your arm softly and say, â‚¬Å“nice.â‚¬" This simple example shows that you do not want them to hit, and shows them a nice way to touch someone. The last thing is to watch what sets her off, is she tired? hungry? Sometime young children will even do naughty things to get your attention no matter if it results in a positive or negative response from you. Again it is great that you are looking at ways to help your daughter and setting the groundwork for more positive behaviors as she grows!
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