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Separate but Equal


I have an introverted, sensitive (gentle and kind) four-year-old son and an extroverted, physically rambunctious two-year-old son. The two year old is physically aggressive (biting and hitting) towards the four year old. The four year old just melts in a puddle of tears with each encounter. We have tried "use your words," "run away," and even "bite him back." None of that seems to work. The four year old doesn't seem to know what to do with his brother, and to be honest, I am not sure how to coach him. "Bite him back" seems wrong for a million reasons, but I do want him to defend himself when necessary. HELP! How do I teach each of them to navigate this?

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