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May 6th, 2010, 02:54 PM
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Hi ladies, we were at a couple events the other day, and Hayden was walking around grabbing toys from all the other kids. I was really quite embarrassed. I have seen him do this a couple other times, but this was really bad. He wouldn't listen to me AT ALL and just kept grabbing at others' toys. Any advice? Thanks in advance!
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May 6th, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Victoria,

I'm anxiously awaiting answers from those who can really help. Since Makenna is younger, she hasn't started that yet, but I'm sure it's coming. Good luck, mama!
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May 9th, 2010, 01:25 PM
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I guess we will be anxiously awaiting together Sacha! LOL! Makenna probably won't do that, I think it isn't that common or I would have probably had more responses. Boy, I hope this is just something he grows out of.
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May 10th, 2010, 06:07 AM
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I think that right now what Hayden is doing is OK. To him and all other young toddlers and babies - the world only revolves around them. If they see a toy and want it - they go get it. They have no concept that someone else would want it too - even if it is in their hands. Him taking toys and seeing other responses to that action is how he will learn. It is embarrassing, but OK. He isn't doing anything bad at all. I would just tell him when he does it, no - so and so is playing with that and maybe remove him from the immediate area.
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May 10th, 2010, 09:31 AM
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Victoria, we had a 2 4 year old twin at our house a couple of weeks ago and they were like that. Alex was playing with a toy and they went ahead and took it from his hands. So I don't think this behavior is normal. I have seen the sitters baby do that to Alex too, so it's probably just a face.
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May 10th, 2010, 01:27 PM
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This always happens in playgroup I'm in. Two babies and one will try to take the toy from the other. I don't think they know any better, they just see and want it. When Matthew does it I just tell him "no, John is playing with that toy. Here, have this one." and hand him another toy. Sometimes he will protest if the lure of the other toy is great but I just try and distract him or move him away if he keeps trying to grab it away.
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May 10th, 2010, 10:41 PM
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Thanks ladies, I really appreciate all the input. I have been telling him no, having him hand the toy back and explaining why. It just doesn't seem to be sinking in and I spend a good deal of my time playing referee. It's exhausting! LOL....

I was thinking that exposing him to other kids more often might be helpful. I tend to stay home, especially if he has the sniffles, which is fairly often lately.
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May 15th, 2010, 11:52 AM
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This is too funny. The story of my life right now. All my friends kiddies and Benjamin have gone through this stage at one point or another. We basically spend the whole playdate teaching sharing. Most of them have got the hang of it by now but if it's a new toy or something really cool it's game on! LOL He will grow out of it, every kid does it, and if you are stopping him then most Moms are very understanding. Personally, if a kid steals something from Benjamin, I expect the mom to give it back and explain to her kid why it was wrong. Then I am cool. It's the Moms that just let their kids do whatever they want that get me going.
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May 17th, 2010, 05:53 PM
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Thanks Sabina, it's nice to know that it's a stage because it is not fun!
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