Toddlers are enthusiastic about their world…and sometimes that enthusiasm hurts!
Since your toddler’s just learning to get control of her body, attempts at hugging, stroking, or petting can come out as hitting. This is especially challenging when your toddler is trying to interact with a pet, sibling, or young friend.
Use the phrase “gentle touch” to teach baby to slow down before touching someone else. Take her hand and help her to gently stroke a pet or your arm. If you need to, remove baby from the exciting situation until she can calm down, then try again. Before your child’s next play date or visit to the petting zoo, let her practice “gentle touch” on a doll or stuffed animal.
How do you teach your child to use “gentle touch”?
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