I need help! I have an 18 month old DS who is pushing every boundary and then some. He is extremely cheeky, hyper, full of energy, never stops moving etc etc. He is REALLY rough. He smacks, , bites and everything in between. He does most of this in excitement (which is all the time) He does throw the occasional tantrum but not really very often. He never acts out in frustration on anger he is just stoaked with life and loves playing with people and doesn't yet understand appropriate ways to express his love. haha.
He can be calm at times. He is remarkable at sleep times, he can be totally hyper but if I put him in his cot and walk out the room he will go to sleep. He won't sleep unless he is totally on his own though. He has been that way since he was 6 weeks old.
My husband have tried removing him from an environment, talking calmly with him, I have yelled once or twice (which I wish not to do, but some days it's a bit much), redirecting his attention. None of which has had any effect.
We are not really consistent with our approach to this behavior and we really need help. We have no idea what we're doing and DS knows it!
DH has told him off with a firm voice a few times, DS was having nappy free time during one of these occasions and we actually saw him wet himself laughing...
Has anyone read any AWESOME books with tips on dealing with toddlers? Or have any advice? I can honestly only see things getting far worse and I have no desire to have this behavior get any further out of control.
For the record- We are aware a lot of this is normal toddler stuff and I totally expect him to be a little out of control at times. We are after suggestions on how we can act to help him learn socially acceptable ways of behaving. We are not really open to smacking him or yelling at him in an aggressive tone.