Hitting and pinching and Mom's dismay

Filed under: Just For Moms, Toddlers Preschoolers

When I first brought Nolan to daycare, Carrie and her Mom were filled with praise for him.

"He's such a good baby," they'd tell me,"He's so happy and so alert."
I shook my head,"I know,"I said,"I had nothing to do with it. I don't know why he's so contented, but I thank my lucky stars everyday."
"Oh, no," they'd say,"Babies are very influenced by their Mothers. You did something right."

Now, it's been a bit of a different story lately and I've been reluctant to write about it because I keep hoping it will just go away. Lately when I pick up my baby, I am told "He was a little stinker today." or "Nolan pulled Elise's hair again."

Nolan has been pinching and hitting the other kids. I honestly don't think he does it menacingly (he is rough and tumble and thinks he's hilarious - sometimes inappropriately.) I'm so perplexed, because, if I influenced my well-behaved baby, did I also influence my cantankerous toddler? He had a phase with me where he'd bop me to see my reaction, but has since morphed his baby sucker-punches into smooth strokes.

I really hope this is just a pre-cursor to the terrible twos.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.