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What do you do whenever you are telling your 2 year old firmly/sternly not to do something and he/she slaps you on your face?

a) get pissed and slap him/her back (or spank if not slap)
b) ignore it, it's just a phase. It'll pass
c) tell him/her repeatedly what he/she does is unacceptable (even though you know it will be repeated)
d) time out
e) other

If you choose other, specify.


Asked by Sun.shine at 11:37 AM on Feb. 27, 2013 in Toddlers (1-2)

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Answers (15)
  • Pointer finger up, Firm NO, and time out. When removing time out have discussion about why they received time out and why what they did was wrong.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:39 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • If the child is slapping an adult on the face, there is probably an underlying problem with discipline that was not addressed when the child was younger. They may have seen another child slap or even an adult slap a child. Maybe the child got away with slapping a few times and thinks it's okay to continue. They need to be told to stop and that there will be consequences if they continue to slap.

    Answer by Ruthmom802 at 11:40 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Stand her in the corner for 2 minutes. If she turns around,the 2 minutes starts all over
    Tell her hitting is wrong,and she will not do it again

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:42 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Firmly take the hand, tell her no and a 2 minute time-out. Every time.

    Answer by hootie826 at 11:47 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • A!

    just kidding C and D

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 11:48 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Grab her hand, tell her "NO! You do NOT hit. It HURTS" and then time out.

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 12:11 PM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • I have been known to contain the hands and say that is not a good thing to do. or no. and march to time out, which for me was a playplen in the middle of the livingroom with no toys of any kind and not tv or radio. I would say something like, when you can be nice you canbe around me. (or who ever (s)he slapped. . Leave the room empty and stay gone for 2-4 minutes. No matter what do not look in that room unless you hear a crash (I had the baby monitor) Return and say Moomy loves you but slapping/ hitting is not nice. Can (name) be nice now?
    Use small words she is 2 after all and you do want her to understand.

    I always gave a kiss and hug and said I love you after punishments.

    Then off to play again.

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:14 PM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Sit my 2 yo on the stairs until she is ready to apologize and play nicely/obey mommy.

    Answer by missanc at 12:28 PM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • A) I only had to do it once if it ever happened at all. My kids new better.

    Answer by louise2 at 1:11 PM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • That would be a time out, a long conversation and making him/her say sorry.

    Answer by coffeeLover8 at 1:15 PM on Feb. 27, 2013