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Aggressive Child

Parents of a two-year old can tell you that children at that age often become more aggressive. They want to be in charge. And if they don’t get what they want they react with violent behavior like biting, kicking, or hitting. This is normal, but not acceptable, behavior. Your two-year old doesn’t have the language skills or patience to cope with disappointment or frustration. So give him plenty of positive outlets for his energy through physical play and exercise. When he’s with other children, supervise him carefully, and praise him for positive behaviors. Be careful not to teach aggressiveness through your own behavior, such as using physical punishment. If you do need to discipline your child, time-outs are a good method, removing him from his toys, friends and from you for a couple of minutes. If you stay calm and focus on the positives, you and your two-year-old can survive the “take-charge” twos.

​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.

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