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.
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