Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)

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Spitting Four Year Old Boy

Hi! I have a four year old that spits and acts out violently (slapping, pushing) at other children, including his pre-school classmates and six year old sister. He spat at his teacher the other day! It embarreses me and makes me very angry! We have tried taking away his toys, time out and even spanking him, but this has not deterred him.

He is small for his age and, to make matters worse he plays with the class bully. I have tried to talk him into getting other friends, but he seems hooked on this boy. The other boy's parents have been divorced recently and does not seem interested in their child's well-being.

I thought that if we put our heads together we might find a solution, but now I'm on my own in this battle. Please help!

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