Had a run-in with my boy (just turned 4) and the shy meek out-of-town cousin (a very young 5-year-old girl). Bottom line: She stuffed something into his Easy Bake Oven that tripped his trigger so he hauled off and smacked her.
My sweet angel has been doing the hitting thing recently. Not at school (where he’s the model child), just with his loved ones at home. We are working on it, but please, if you have any suggestions, send them my way. I feel terrible and am doing all the obvious–telling him to use his words; giving him time outs; taking away privileges, etc. etc. But it’s hard.
I feel part of it is just more vigilance on my part…staying alert to his interactions and conflicts to intervene with a “teaching” moment before he hauls off and whacks someone.
I grew up in a family of four girls, so there’s a slight lack on knowledge about the innate testosterone-fueled aggressiveness of boys on my part. I do know from spending time with his friends and classmates that he is certainly not outside the norm compared to his peers.
But I of course want it to stop. Help!! Send advice!!