Your child 1-3 years

Child who types: what to do?


The first time you did not pay attention. But, recently, your child types at the slightest opportunity, you or his friends at the nursery and the park. What happens to him and how to react?

"Naughty!" Not only does your child respond to you, but he also joins the gesture to the word and hits you. Would your angel be transformed into a real little devil? The explanations and advice of Dr. Alain Brochard, pediatrician.

CASE BY CASE SOLUTIONHe seeks to attract attention

  • Your child expresses his opposition, a stage normal to his age. As you tap, he tries to provoke a firmer response from you. If you do not respond, the situation may get worse and your toddler will start again until he gets a reaction.

What has to be done

  • Do not minimize this act: "it does not hurt me" and do not put it on the account of your child's character: "it's a brawler". By this gesture, symbolically strong, he waits for you to say "No". Show yourself convincing and opt for a firm tone. Another mistake to avoid: to return his gesture back.
  • What to tell him. "It is forbidden to beat his parents, that is the rule, and if you persist, you will be punished."

He types the other children

  • At the nursery, at the nanny's or at the park, your child attacks others, especially the youngest, by typing or biting.

What has to be done

  • If your child strikes others while at the park, explain to him that it is forbidden to type, isolate him for a few minutes so that he understands his gesture. If the conflict is at the nursery or at the nanny's house, and he / she is not used to raising his hand at home, try to find out more about this change in behavior. Does a bigger one annoy?
  • What to tell him. "It is forbidden to beat his comrades, if you do it again, you will be punished, but in the meantime, you will apologize to Pierre."

He does not support authority

  • Your child has just made a mistake and you put it on the corner. He starts crying, tells you that you are mean and strikes you. He does not support your authority and manifests it in gestures.

What has to be done

  • It is by opposing that your child is built. This painful opposition period for you is necessary for the construction of your little one. At his age, he realizes that he does not want to be "submitted" to his parents, says no at all times and opposes the slightest opportunity. If he or she does not want to hear anything, isolate him while he calms down.
  • What to tell him. "You have the right not to agree with me, but what you do there, I do not accept it."

Stéphanie Letellier with Dr. Alain Brochard, pediatrician.