When wanting to fight is code for “I need connection!”

My son has been pretty keen on “fighting” with my husband, Alex, lately. This could be any one or combination of non-contact karate-style fighting, wrestling or pillow fighting, throwing or bashing. One of the first things you’ll hear come out of my son’s mouth when my husband comes home from work is, “Fight with me! … Continue reading When wanting to fight is code for “I need connection!”

Using play to respond to my son’s aggression

When my son was 5, we started to experience some hitting and kicking from him when he had big feelings. Pure empathic limits, where I offer a combination of empathy (e.g “I see you’re not happy with this”), a clear verbal limit (e.g. “I can’t let you hit/kick me”) and a physical limit to stop … Continue reading Using play to respond to my son’s aggression