my son loves to hit in the face. he ended up scratching my mom's eyeball and she had to wear an eye patch and get eye drops. terrible! I tried time-outs, saying no, swatting his hands, spatting his tushie, redirecting, and so on... nothing worked. So today, out of desperation, i tapped his cheek with my fingers. in no way was it a slap, smack, pop, or anything like that. but just that tap upset him, he raised his hand to me, paused, and put it back down. the hitting has already decreased.
at 11:42 PM on Jul. 10, 2009