Nip Physical Aggression in the Bud


We have been doing the ticket system with our four-year-old for the last four days. He has one targeting behavior, “refusing to listen,” and five tickets. Every day since we started, he has lost all tickets due to hitting or pinching his younger brother or classmates at school. He has been put in his room, which has been cleaned of all entertainment except some books. He cries when he is told he has to go to his room but seems to handle it okay once he is there. He has not tried to come out and seems to respect the boundary of staying in his room. We have not seen him hit or pinch anyone in a long time until just recently when we started the ticket system. The teacher told us that they have not seen this at school either except for the last two days. So my question is: Am I doing something wrong or is he just trying to “test his boundaries”?

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