Small children have to learn to behave well. They usually start kicking and biting other people including their family members, siblings and also other children in their school. They do this when they do not get their way. They also do this when they want the attention of their parents or others in the family.
There are a few methods of controlling this and this should be in such a way that the children are not antagonized. The child should be given periods of time outs that will make the child to realize that kicking and biting do not give the desired results that they would like.
Age at which the child starts kicking or biting:
The child usually starts kicking or biting at the age of about 2 years. There are times when the child starts this behavior earlier or later than 2 years. It can also go on to about 4-5 years if not adequately dealt with. As the child gets older, the child should learn the importance of being obedient to the parents and should be firmly controlled by the parents or the person taking care of the child.
Punishment for the child:
Punishment is a very important deterrent for the child. The punishment should not be spanking the child as the child is very young. The best method of punishing the child is to give a time out from all other activities. What you can do as a parent is to make the child to sit in a corner of the room, preferably on a chair from which the child cannot easily climb down. Also make sure that the child does not have any other thing in the vicinity to kick.
This is the best method of making the child to learn that good behavior is better than bad behavior. If the child tries to get down from the chair, then make sure that the child sits on the chair by keeping your hand on the legs of the child. This will help to make the child be controlled and also start counting the two minutes only when the child has sat down. All this needs your time and this is a time invested for the good behavior of the child.
Punishing by sending the child to his room:
Though many people think that sending the child to the room is the best punishment, it is not for children in the age less than 6 years. Children who are older can be sent to their room as punishment. A smaller child in the ages of 2-5 will not be very safe when not under the parent's supervision and will also not understand what is happening. This is the age where the child should be under the supervision of the parent.
This is the method in which you as parents should deal with the biting and kicking episodes of your children. This will make them to be better children as they learn to behave good as bad behavior brings no reward for them.
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