I’m serious. I’ve got bruises, a damaged gum, hair missing and I’ve had a black eye.
I read on the baby forums that other parents are struggling with tantrums where their baby hits, punches, scratches etc. and obviously this can be very difficult when your baby is so young (around 18 months) because they don’t really understand being told off and discipline is difficult.
However, my daughter hits, scratches, pinches, head butts, pulls my hair and more… but never while she’s having a tantrum.
We’re actually very lucky in some respects. She doesn’t really “tantrum” just yet.
She has a bit of a moan and she can be a bit dramatic if something doesn’t go her way but she’s easily distracted and usually it’s over something fairly easy to fix.
All the violence usually happens in the evening when she’s sat on my lap having fun. She thinks it’s absolutely hilarious to hit my face, poke my eyes, head butt me and pull my hair.
I mean, what are you supposed to do?!
I do the obvious, I say NO in a firm voice. I sometimes even just hand her over to her dad. She never hits him.
No one tells you this. None of the baby books tell you to prepare your body for bruises, aches and pains all from your daughter beating you up every day. Literally no one tells you.
I don’t know if it’s just because when you get to the toddler years you don’t have time to read baby books. Either way, I feel like this is something I’d like to have known!
However, I am slightly concerned that everyone else’s babies seem to be only doing this during a tantrum and by everyone else’s I mean the mums on the baby forum I’m on.
Is it just me? Am I the only one who’s toddler beats me up and is happy about it?!
To add insult to injury (literally) she still won’t say mummy. And it’s not like she doesn’t know how to say it. She just point blank refuses. I’ve heard her say mama. I’ve heard her say mum. But never at me. Never in context and when I ask her to say “mummy” she shakes her head.
I think she just hates me to be honest.