Posted in Behavior, Toddlers

Hair pulling

Anonymous

My almost 2 year old son is pulling handfuls of hair from my head and I can’t get him to stop. It hurts so bad. He thinks it’s funny and none of the consequences or conversations I have with him about it are working. Any advice?

  • anonymous mom
    Jan 27

    I think all kids go through this. It takes a lot of time and repetition but just keep saying something like, “ow! Pulling hair hurts! Let’s use gentle hands when touching hair.” Then show them what you mean by gentle hands. You can also follow up with a simple lesson on what he can do with his hands (craft, play instruments, throw balls, etc). There’s also a book I think it’s called, “my hair is not for pulling!” That my daughters school would read to the toddlers to help them try to understand. But overall it just takes time and patience to correct this.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 27

    Pretend to cry and say he hurt you. Or you can pull his hair and say it hurts, right? Dont do it to mommy. Or read a book to him about it.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 27

    My son was doing this to me and usually when we were in the middle of playing. What worked within days was pretending to cry, tell him that I’m hurt and sad and just walk away. And then keep explaining that if he hurts people that they won’t want to play with him.

  • Donna
    Jan 29

    Ugh. Mine too. Got a huge chunk last night. Is there a pattern to it? Mine does it when he’s tired or aggravated. I try to be mindful of when it’s most likely to happen and keep my hair tied up.