When Sophie is a little mad, she lashes out, hitting whatever is near her.
We tell her no hitting. We tell her, use your words.
She gives us this look of maybe-comprehension, and she stops hitting the book or my leg or whatever it was that she was lashing out at. Instead, she turns her anger inward and hits her own head. That is her scariest habit.
When Sophie is very mad, she just starts off with this hitting-herself-in-the-head thing. She even says “Ow,” but then she keeps on doing it, hitting her own head, hurting herself on purpose.
Are all 18-month-olds just a little insane?