and headbutting and generally launching himself onto me. He finds it all rather funny, but it isnt. He also does this to the dog (poor, long suffereing mutt). But he doesnt really do it to anyone else.
So why me and the dog?
and how can I get him to stop? I used to ignore it, that had no effect. Generally I remove him and distract him (with him not getting any extra attention from me for the hitting), but the message isnt getting through. When he persists (ie me moving, but him continuing to hit me despite distraction), I have tried warning him then putting him on the settee, but this 'time out' doesnt work either as he finds it hilarious.
I say NO firmly and move him off my lap or away from me (which he hates). May be a bit young for time out, but if he is really winding me up and not taking any notice he gets put in his cot for a couple of minutes (cue screams but means I can get my head together). I think with most bad behaviour ignore and distract can work, but hitting (and dangerous stuff) I react more to because I don't want it to continue. DS is 22 mo btw
can you get him involved in the stuff that triggers this? DS stands on a little stool while I'm washing up and happily swishes about in the water (one of those plastic coverall things is a good idea to save clothes!). Likewise breakfast - canhe help set the table or something?
DS always kicked off when I did the hosuework (well, that was my excuse ) until he became old enough to 'help'. I think we started at about 18 mo?