I think it’s fair to say the terrible two’s are hitting us earlier, that or it’s just my pregnancy hormones kicking in a lot more in the final weeks, he is most definitely pushing buttons and misbehaving a lot more than normal.
My lovely little cuddly boy, has gone from just that to slapping people around the face in the past couple of weeks. I have no idea where he has seen this, why he may be doing it, but I can only assume its his age and I think it’s the fact he wants to be put down. He seems to only do it when you are holding him, so he’s in arms reach of your face and he literally clobbers you one.
Now the first time it happened to me, I laughed, as you do sometimes when they are being silly, I thought he was just messing around and being naive I didn’t think anymore about it. Until he did it again and again, then did it to daddy and the doggies!
I have tried the usually discipline routes: telling him no and I’ve even tried smacking him back, but neither worked, he still does it. Now he has started slapping Nanna, Nanny & Grandad which has really upset me. It’s making me feel I am doing something wrong or haven’t done something at all, I’m assured by both my mum & mummy in law that it is normal. I used to swing my head back and headbutt if I was being held and hubby used to bite, so I’m glad in a sense we are just getting slaps as they don’t hurt as much haha, but why has he started to do this now!
It’s almost like he knows life is about to change with his brother or sister literally around the corner, and he wants to play up and get some attention now! 🙂 I hope it’s just a phase and I hope that it calms down.
I have resided to ignoring it, not giving him attention when he does slap and if I am holding him at the time I simply put him down and tell him naughty.
We will see how that goes…