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[QUOTE=danimal15;2892865]But it is difficult when you tell him to stop doing something (hitting a tree with his wiffle bat, jumping on his brother, throwing his cup) and a minute later he's doing it again. I guess he's testing us.[/QUOTE]

That pretty much hits the nail on the head. Toddlers are trying to explore everything and absorb as much as they can. The most insignificant thing can be so amazing to them. It's wonderful. But at the same time it is so frustrating to repeat yourself constantly and get the same response and then it all repeats itself again.

I remember when my dd was just about 5 and she did something (and I don't even remember what now) and my dh just reached his limit. He had her pack up all of her toys and told her she could earn them back one by one by showing her big girl behavior. She cried and was so upset. She was in her room talking to her pillow. I felt terrible, but it worked. She did earn the toys back and she is showing a lot more self control a year later. Don't get me wrong, she still has her moments, believe me! But when we remind her of the toys she knows that's a feeling she doesn't like.

Just keep doing what you are doing. It's seems like you are doing a fine job, he's just a little active. He'll grow out of it soon.

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