Friday, October 17, 2008

Aggressive much?

Devin has become an aggressive little 20 month old.  Seriously.  I've never had a baby find such satisfaction in kicking the dog.  Or me.  Or neighbor children.

Madison and I were taking part in a program at our church.  As we are standing in front of everyone I can see Devin in the back of the room playing with a little girl about his same age.  It was so sweet!  They would jump and start laughing at with each other.  Suddenly I see that look in his eye.  I see him brace himself for the momentum a good kick needs.  And then he kicks the sweet little girl!  And again.  And again.  Again.  Again.  I'm frantically trying to get John's attention to stop his violent son.

Devin will climb sit with me on the couch.  He will snuggle and just as I'm thinking I'm the luckiest mom in the world to have such a sweet son he will grab my hair with both fists and lunge his body off the couch.  Down I go within the grasps of baby fists.

Devin will run towards his brothers, jump on their back, and become dead weight in an effort to get his brothers to fall to the floor.  Yes, my 20 month old can successfully tackle his 6 and 10 year old brothers.

We have great friends who live on our street.  We all love to go out and play with them.  But I fear it won't be long until we are no longer invited because of my ferocious toddler.  One of his favorite sports is to push their little girl, Malory.  Again.  Again.  Again.  And again!  My friend emailed me about a prayer her little girls said.  It seems that they choose prayer rather than kicking the mean little boy down the street. I just thought I would let you know that Emery prayed tonight that “Devin can please be nice to us and his Mommy.” And then Mallory prayed, “Please bless Devin will not push me anymore, cuz pushing is not nice!” Soooo….Devin doesn’t have a chance of staying “violent”, he has little blond girls praying for him!

Are their any Dr. Spock's reading my blog with advice for a frustrated mom?  I am having a hard time getting an innocent looking baby to play nice!

And I didn't mention the biting?  Oh my, the biting!  His teeth are at the level to my buttocks.


Kira said...

Even though your blog is about your highly abusive son, it is so upbeat and refreshing sometimes. Thanks.

Rebeckah said...

All I can say is, HOLY COW he is so stinking cute! I am sorry he is kicking. I can't remember if Kaishon was aggresive when he was a baby. Probably : ). At least he will grow out of it, right?

Jenn said...

How is his speech? Biting especially is an aggressive act that a lot of kids use when they are frustrated, and most of the ones I have experienced with biting issues act out because they have a hard time communicating their frustration. With my biter I had to do two things; discipline the bad behavior, and then pay very close attention when he played. When I could see his frustration building I would intervene and work with him on both telling the other child he was upset and distracting him with a new point of focus. It took some time and patience, but when I was consistent with both teaching and disciplining (he wasn't allowed to play with other kids without his dad or I there to immediately intervene for a while) his behavior began to come around. At 20 months old you will not be able to wait to deal with it later, so you will need to be prepared discipline on the spot. Good luck!

jami said...

I am having a really hard time believing you! Look at that angelic little face! But I love the idea of the little girl praying you don't fall victim!

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