dealing with bullies

Protecting Your Toddler from Hitting and Bullying During Playdates

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Virtually all three-year-olds go through a bossy phase. And most toddlers go through a brief biting or hitting phase that ends after a few incidents when the parents express their shock and dismay. Two- and three-year-olds are still trying to figure out what is socially acceptable behavior.