I’m not sure what’s going to work here. For some reason Caden has been resorting to hitting and now biting his brother when he gets frustrated. The hitting is super frustrating because it seems like the more I tell Caden to stop hitting and try removing his hand from hitting the more he tries to hit. He usually hits when he doesn’t get his way or if he wants something from his brother.
I feel like spanking him or hitting him for hitting is sort of sending a mixed message. Not to say I haven’t tried small little spanks on his bottom. It just seems like doing that makes it worse.
As far as the biting that has only been going on for a week now. We have been telling Caden “No, it’s not ok to bite brother!” We’ve also tried removing him from the situation and/or placing him on the couch.
There is an aspect of his biting behavior that I believe has to do with teething but there have also been at least 3 instances where he has bitten his brother to try to stop him from playing with something that he wants. He has also tried to bite me and my husband as well but it’s not as hard and it’s very brief.
I was a witness to the first time it happened but the last two times the only evidence I had were the teeth marks he left on his brothers arm.
I have heard this behavior is normal for 2 year olds but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with and we as parents are frustrated with the “perpetator”.
My heart goes out to Dylan who’s getting bitten because now I’ve noticed him cowering whenever his brother comes near him now.
This mama needs some advice!