16 month old hitting, tantrums, hair pulling, etc.
I'm new to these boards so "Hi to everyone!" Now, PLEASE HELP!!!
I have a beautiful son who will be 16 mo. 11/12. Up until the last few months he has been an angel. He's very good at entertaining himself, goes to sleep well, naps, just great. Except for his newly developed behavior issues. Which, by the way, are only directed at me!
I am a stay-at-home mommy so he's with me all day, every day. Every time I tell him "no" he will hit me or pull my hair or arch his back and start screaming. Dad isn't home very often but when dad tells him no, he just bawls and stops whatever he's doing! So needless to say, dad doesn't see the problem! I've tried imitating the deep, gruff sound my husband has but to no avail. I've tried time-outs in his play pen with no toys. He just bounces and has a blast! Doesn't care that he is supposed to be "in trouble", gets out after a few minutes and proceeds to hit me the very next time I tell him no. I know repitition is required and this will take time. But shouldn't I start seeing at least some change in his behavior after 2 months of this?
My mom and my stepmom told me to pull his hair back so he knows hit hurts. They've also said to smack his hand. Both of which I have done. I probably shouldn't have because I feel like it's only reinforcing the behavior since "mommy does it". But I am really at my wits end!!! Please help!!!