Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Preventing or Reducing a Child's Aggressive Behavior
The child who frequently hits, slaps, and bites other
children or destroys their toys is not going through a
stage. He is exhibiting an aggressive behavior that is
upsetting to parents and other children. Aggressive
behavior includes intentionally breaking things; pushing,
kicking, or hitting other children; and verbally abusing
playmates with threats of violence, excessive name calling,
and age-inappropriate swearing.
The following suggestions will help you prevent or reduce
aggressive behavior in your child.
- Keep your child away from people or playmates who act
- Do not roughhouse with an aggressive child. To do so
only serves to encourage aggressive behavior.
- Begin by helping an aggressive child to behave well in
situations where he normally does not act aggressively.
Later, you can work more directly on the aggressive
- Steer clear of all forms of physical punishment.
Spanking and hitting can teach a child to spank and hit
- Refrain from all forms of verbal abuse.
- Make sure that each day you give your child at least 50
brief physical touches.
A child's aggressive behavior is much easier to prevent than
it is to eliminate. The less aggressive behavior a child is
exposed to, the less likely he is to act aggressively toward