Monday, May 16, 2011
I have a confession: As much as I'd like to say my children are well behaved angels, Pumpkin has started pinching.
I want to put a stop to this immediately, but I'm really not having success. He's mainly pinching his brother but the daycare teachers mentioned to me that the last time he was there, he was pinching. Also, when I was picking him up at the gym babysitting area a little girl that was sitting right next to him suddenly started crying. I am horrified to think that he might have pinched her. I didn't see anything happen, but now I don't trust him near other kids.
Yesterday I pulled out the playpen and decided that whenever he pinched or hit (yes he is smacking and head butting his brother as well as pinching) I would tell him NO! and put him in time out for 2 minutes. I realize that Munchkin sometimes instigates the pinch by grabbing something out of Pumpkins hands or minor taunting (we'll have to work on this too) but the pinching has got to stop! He was in time out about 5 times yesterday afternoon! He quickly learned how to say and sign sorry but the pinching continued. I'm holding my breath today- He has only had one, um... episode today, and I immediately did our time-out routine.
I am terrified to send him to daycare or the gym babysitting. I'm afraid we're gonna get labeled pinchers and get blacklisted from the gym. Or worse, the other parents will judge my apparent inability to control my child's behavior.
Pumpkin is an otherwise easy child. He eats what I feed him, sleeps well and is happy, cute, and lovable. I'm not sure what when wrong in this department.
What have you done to put a stop to aggressive behavior? It's to late for me to prevent the initial occurrence, unfortunately, but I need to do something to prevent it from reoccurring!
Posted by Mommy L at 2:07 PM