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Toddlers and preschoolers often fight over toys or anything. In some cases, children are unwittingly rewarded for their aggressive behavior. For example, a child may push another child, knocking him to the ground or taking away his toy. If the other child cries and walks away, the aggressive child feels victorious since he got the toy. It is important to identify if this pattern is occurring in aggressive children. When fights are frequent, this can be a sign that the child has other problems.
A child with aggressive attitudes may have trouble controlling emotions, have witnessed violence, or have been the victim of abuse at school or at home.
Research has shown that children who develop aggressive behaviors early in life tend to continue aggressive behaviors when they are older. Studies have also shown that children who are repeatedly exposed to violence and aggression through television, videos, and movies act more aggressively.
If a young child persists in fighting and biting or exhibits aggressive behavior, parents should seek professional help from a child and adolescent psychiatrist or other mental health professional who specializes in evaluation and treatment. of behavior problems in young children.
Both parents and teachers are tasked with controlling and mediating children's fights. To do this, you need to consider some rules:
- Early intervention is much more effective. Don't wait for the child to start showing more aggressive behavior. Intervene as soon as you notice that the child is feeling frustrated or upset.
- When young children fight often, monitor them more closely.
- If the child hits another child, they must be separated immediately. Then try to comfort and care for the child who has been beaten.
- Tell a baby who is starting to walk (1 to 2 years old): "It doesn't stick. It hurts and you hurt when you hit."
- To the young child (2 to 3 years old) say: "I know you have courage, but don't hit. When you hit, it hurts" This begins to teach empathy for other children.
- DO NOT give to the child if you are giving to others. This teaches the child to use aggressive behavior.
- Parents should not ignore or belittle fights between siblings.
- Teach them that aggression is not the right way to get what you want. For example: imagine the case of two children, one 6 and the other 4 years old. The oldest is playing with a ball until the youngest appears to take it from him. And there fights and shouts form. The little boy screams and kicks because he wants the ball. We intervene and demand that the oldest give the ball to the youngest. With that we will be reinforcing in a positive way that the little one always kicks and screams to get what he wants.
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