Poll: Can Toddlers Be Bullies?

Can your little cutie be a little meanie in disguise?  If your toddler pushes, hits, or hurts another kid, is he a bully and will he grow up to be one?

TODAY Moms has a fascinating article about whether pre-K kids should be labeled as bullies if they show aggression toward others.  According to Dr. Heather Wittenberg, a child pyschologist and parenting expert for Parents who was quoted in the article, it’s typical for toddlers to be more aggressive, but they’re still too young to hurt someone deliberately, with premeditation.  It’s not until age 6 when kids start to understand the concepts of power and right vs. wrong.  Other experts disagree, saying toddlers understand the concept of bullying at age 4 — and it only gets worse from there.

Take our poll and share what you think in the Comments area — do toddlers understand what it means to bully?

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  1. by Evening Feeding: Are Toddlers Bullies? | Mommyish

    On June 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    [...] Like all grown-up behaviors, bullying seems to e starting in our kids younger and younger (Parents.com) [...]

  2. by Xalleah

    On June 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I think that labeling children for bad behavior is wrong. Even if an older child is mean to another kid once or twice it doesn’t mean that the behavior will remain throughout their life. It is not the child that is bad, it is the behavior, and behavior can be changed.

  3. by Happy gal 0521

    On June 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    From what I have witnessed, kids as young as 3 have intentially hurt smaller children. It is hard as a parent to watch your child of 9months be pushed down and have toys ripped out of their hands by an older child. Even when the older child’s behavior is given a consequence, the behavior still continues when the parent is not looking.

  4. by Debi

    On June 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    People also need to remember there is always a REASON kids tend to be “mean” to others…whether they feel threatened, hurt, left out, embarrassed, etc. They don’t typically hurt just for the sake of the behavior but as a reaction to a negative action/behavior/feeling by another.

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