What Can I Do to Stop My Kid’s Aggressive Behavior?

Learn exactly what to do when your child hits, kicks, bites, and throws – to manage the moment and build regulation skills for the future.

27 Min

When our child is kicking or biting someone, our first thought is probably, “How do I protect the other person?!” But here’s something to consider: We also need to protect our child from associating their bad behavior with being a bad kid. In this episode, Dr. Becky advises three parents on how to respond to aggressive behavior while keeping everyone safe. She walks through distancing “the urge” from “the action,” emotionally vaccinating kids for frustrating moments, and enforcing boundaries instead of punishments. In every situation, she gently reminds each caller that they’re a good parent with a good kid.

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