Monday, April 20, 2009
We have a problem on our hands. His name is Bennett and he's two. Other than that what's the problem you ask? Well, for the longest time we were encouraging Bennett to throw - usually just balls. This is a great motor skill for him to have and it took a while to develop.
However, we now have a problem because Bennett is throwing everything! He likes to throw his toys and Murphy's toys down the stairs, he throws his soother, he throws his cup on the floor. We tell him not to do it but it's not getting us anywhere. This morning he threw a toy phone and hit Murphy on the head - when we got to daycare he threw his soother about 3 times sending some poor little boy chasing after it before I managed to snatch it and put it in my pocket - and then tonight he threw his spoon and hit Jim in the face.
He's not throwing stuff in anger - I think he's just doing it for something to do and because he can. We just don't know what to do. We've ignored the behaviour, we've left his toys at the bottom of the stairs, we've shaken our finger in his face while sternly telling him that what he's doing is bad. What makes it more complicated is that we're also throwing stuff for Murphy - you know - that common game of fetch that one often engages in with canine companions?
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Anyone?