Some children exhibit aggressive behaviors like hitting in response to particular triggers or to see how others will react to different behavior.
The challenging part for most parents is that what comes naturally in reaction to the behavior is to yell and punish them for the behavior. This is most often the opposite of what works best.
Reacting severely or negatively to the aggressive act might stop the behavior for a moment, but it is not an effective way to change the behavior long term.
It is crucial to teach children what to do instead and reward positive behavior. Here is a five-step solution to help change aggressive behavior into pro-social behavior.
Yelling or hitting in anger is showing children that this is an adequate way to respond to things that make us upset.
They could also be hitting to get your attention and then the behavior has been rewarded because you have shown them that hitting is a way to get it.
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