Perhaps one of the biggest lessons your child will need to learn — and one you’ll have to teach him early on — is he won’t always get what he wants. And when you do, expect a range of violent reactions — he’ll wail, hit, bite, and throw things.
All that violent reaction can be summed up in one word: frustration. “They’re simply your child’s way of trying to communicate his emotions,” Melissa Otero, Psy.D., a child psychologist in Connecticut, told Parents.
Toddlers often feel they can do things that are really beyond their capability, and it frustrates them when they fail. Their impatience and self-centered nature do not help, and neither do their undeveloped speech. Thus, communicating what they want (or don’t want) to Mom or Dad can be very challenging. Ergo, they turn to biting, throwing, crying.
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