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Why Do Toddlers Hit Their Mothers?

Hahaha! I was literally laughing at myself when I realized I had just typed on Google the most ridiculous question ever. Let me ask you; what’s the most ridiculous question you’ve ever asked Google? 

Every day my little one amazes me with something new. 

This morning, I typed on Google; 
Why is my one year old hitting me?!


And I was surprised to know that many other mothers all over the world have done the same in their lifetime. So, it’s actually a thing for toddlers to hit their mothers. Hahaha!

I studied that toddlers are more active, curious and expressive. And right now, my daughter is able to stand on her own, walking while holding onto a furniture and getting ready to take her first few independent steps. It’s exciting watching her growth and development!

In case you are also wondering why a toddler could possibly be hitting his/her mother, this is what I found out on parents.com:

“Their reasons for hitting are innocent enough—and they usually fall into one of these categories. She's trying to communicate. Like everyone else, toddlers get bored, hungry, tired, and overwhelmed. The difference is they lack the verbal skills to communicate these emotions, which can make them even more frustrated.”
I get it now. So, I MUST pay more attention to my toddler’s cues and coos before she tends to using ‘violence’.  

Ah, I reject every form of violent tendencies in the name of Jesus! I decree that you, Kamma are a great communicator. You make it clear what you want and when you want it. You are not afraid to ask for things or to put forward your opinion. You express enjoyment, wonder and displeasure in the most clear, warm and gracious ways. And you listen. You listen to my words without throwing tantrums in the name of Jesus! Amen!

One down! Officially a toddler! 💛

Yes, my baby girl, Kamma is a year old. Whoop!!! I am now the mother of a beautiful toddler. Just saying that word “toddler” makes my heart pump a bit faster. What a dream! 

Kamma and I celebrated our birthdays together yesterday and it was amazing! You know we are both June babies, right? Aha!

Truth be told, I have been on a roller coaster ride of emotions this year — feelings of excitement, pain, happiness, anxiety, sadness and uncertainty have all been packed into these last six months. It’s been an overwhelming experience for me dealing with everything at the same time. 

However, celebrating our birthdays together has brought to me a whole new level of JOY. The kind of joy that is genuine and pure. 

Mother holding her toddler

I hear toddlers ask the most ridiculous questions and I can’t wait to have my bundle of joy reach the phase where she starts to hound me non-stop with quizzical insights about the world in which she’s living in. 🙂

Written by Nwamaka Onyekachi
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