Kids Hurting Others: How to Deal with our Children's Hurtful Behavior

Can you recall a time when you saw your own child being hurt by another kid? I remember my son was only 2 years old when I first witnessed how another kid, who was a few years older than him, pushed him, causing him to fall down really hard. Fortunately, it was nothing serious, but as a mother, I couldn’t help but feel agitated. I wanted to personally discipline the kid who hurt my son, but of course I couldn’t do that. Naturally, my next reaction was to blame the parents and think, “what do they teach their child?” Seeing our children get hurt, pushed, hit, pinched, bitten, punched, grabbed by other kids is perhaps every parents’ worst nightmare. But what if it’s our own child who is displaying this kind of aggressive behavior?  

*article published in Smart Parenting Philippines Online, June 19, 2012