Posted: 05/03/2010 at 08:49
Hello ladies - I haven't been on here for the longest time - too busy these days with a very active Reiss and another little boy I look after during the week.
For quite some time now Reiss has been throwing almighty tantrums about anything and everything, or sometimes nothing! My real problem however is that he is really hitting the little boy I look after. B (other boy) is 20months old but quite delayed due to prematurity. He crawls, but doesn't talk or really feed himself etc yet so he's really quite far behind Reiss even though there's only 2 months age gap.
When they're playing, Reiss hates B touching any of his stuff, getting any attention etc, or if I leave them together to go into the kitchen area or the loo, it nearly always ends up in Reiss attacking B. He sits on him, pushes him over, pulls his hair, hits him. This happens around 20 odd times in the day so not isolated incidences. B doesn't fight back, he tends to just howl (understandably) and lay down. I feel so bad, but have tried loads of things from sitting Reiss on the step, putting him in his bed, ignoring him and giving B the attention instead etc. I always make him apologise too. He does hit other kids at group etc and his 6 year old brother, but that doesn't seem to be as much of a problem now as he seems to go and find older kids to play with rather than the babies.
I know he is very jealous of B, as he is really clingy to me, won't even let his dad do things for him etc. Not only am I shattered, but I'm getting a little worried as this phase seems to be running on and on....