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2 year old anger

I'm in need of some serious help. My 2 year old son hits me and his dad on a daily basis. It's always when he's angry about something or when I tell him no. I have tried (for a very long time now) to say "stop hitting. Hitting hurts. It makes me sad." And I physically stop his haND from making contact but he continues to try to hit sometimes with more force and anger. I put him down and then he hits my legs. I then put him in time out and he stays for 2 minutes then I try talking to him about why he is angry. I tell him that being angry is OK but hitting is not but the behavior continues. He also growls and yells at us. I am at my wits end. What am I doing wrong? Is this even normal? Help please!
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134578 tn?1642048000
It would be a good idea to see a counselor.  It would be a normal thing for a kid to do if he had been harmed a lot, but it doesn't seem normal for a kid who is never treated harshly.
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13167 tn?1327194124
I agree, I think you need to see a family therapist.   He might have a problem with extreme anger,  but my guess is it could also be something as simple as he doesn't recognize you as an authority figure.

"Hitting hurts and makes me sad" and "it's okay to be angry but hitting is not" isn't enough of a response,  and it has left him a little confused about your reaction.  And obviously as you say,  you've been trying this same thing for a very long time and it isn't working.

Are you exhibiting obvious anger at all?  I'm not talking about harming him,  but showing real anger in your voice and actions and facial expression?

Few 2 year olds physically attack their parents,  because they recognize that person as dominant.  He needs to see you that way.
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