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What Are the Causes of an Aggressive Toddler? Understaind Behavior Triggers

Posted in Toddlers on 4th December 2010

What Are the Causes of an Aggressive Toddler? Understaind Behavior Triggers

Being a parent is not an easy job, and understanding aggressive toddler behavior is a huge challenge. Sometimes you have to deal with aggressive toddler behavior, although you may not understand what is going on with your child. Aggressive toddler behavior is fairly common, it is just the degree to which your toddler is aggressive that varies.

It is important to take a look at the situations in which you witness aggressive toddler behavior and try to understand the triggers of those behaviors.

Here are some triggers that you may or may not have thought about that can bring on aggressive toddler behavior:

* If your toddler is tired, they can be very unreasonable, for one. They may also become aggressive, kicking, biting, screaming, hitting. You may think this is an out of control behavior, but it is totally normal for someone who has not had enough sleep and does not know how to deal with the way they feel. This is your cue to make sure your toddler goes down for a nap.

* When you notice the aggressive toddler behavior, think to yourself, when was the last time your toddler had something to eat. As adults, we can pretty much ignore those hunger pangs, but children cannot and they immediately react in a cranky, unreasonable or aggressive way when they are hungry. Much of this is attributable to low blood sugar levels.

* Toddlers are like little sponges. If your habit is to argue loudly and do a lot of yelling, do not be surprised if your toddler picks up on this. Soon your toddler will also be yelling and screaming, pretty much mirroring what they have seen and heard in the household.

* Think about how you deal with your toddler’s behavior. If it is out of hand, do you yell at your toddler or spank them? This is an ineffective way to deal with a toddler’s behavior. If you yell at your child, they will feel intimidated and they will shut down. There will be no getting through to them at that point. What you need to do instead, is to sit down and talk to them at eye level. Explain why this aggressive behavior is bad and what you would like to see instead.

* Toddlers are looking for ways to become more independent. If you do not allow them to explore their world, they can become frustrated and upset. This can trigger aggression. Find ways to allow your toddler to safely explore their world and have a little bit of independence.

* Learning to communicate is very difficult for toddlers. As they try to master language, it can very frustrating for them to clarify what they want or need. You need to make an effort to connect with your toddler and understand their babbling, because it is a language to them and a way for them to communicate with you. Babbling is the early language development, and if you encourage them to communicate in whichever way that they can, they will start to learn language and you will be able