Between the ages of two and three, children are developing their own separate identities. They’ll start to use words like mine and insist on doing things for themselves.They may be more interested in playing with other children but learning to share and cooperate with others takes lots of practice. Crying, whining, hitting and even biting is common as they learn to deal with their feelings and frustrations.
Some things you can try
Help them learn to play with others.
Ask them to do one thing at a time – not a list.
Give them lots of praise, being specific about what you like.
Give them little jobs to do, like handing you the pegs for the washing or collecting the mail.
Explain why you don’t like something they are doing.
Respect their boundaries too – don’t force them to hug or kiss friends or relatives if they don’t want to.
Stay calm and loving when you follow through with consequences.
Making it into a game or singing a silly song can lighten the mood and avoid a power struggle