My son does the same. Whether it hurts or not, which a lot of times it DOES hurt, I become the actress and over dramaitically let him know mommy is hurt and sad. I make him say sorry. He used to just pat me a couple months ago. (he's 21 months now) and that was his way of saying sorry, but now he is saying sorry ("saw we") and patting me. It's really cute! LOL!
Just this week though he figured out if he hits mommy and says "saw-we" right away, he thinks it gets him out of trouble. So now we're working on that. We started time out with him last month as well. But he seems to like it, so there's a whole other problem!
Just keep letting her know it is naughty and hurts you and make her say sorry, she'll get it eventually. When she hits the other child, do the same. Tell her how sad the other child is and that it hurt and made him/her sad. Make her give a hug or a pat to the other child.
at 12:46 PM on Jul. 21, 2009