well, one good method is to try to stop it before it happens. We can usually anticipate when children are going to use their anger that way. If he tries to hit you, grab his arm. if you think he's going to kick you step away.
Another thing is, you need to give him an alternative. I'm guessing that he hits you when he gets mad? Well, now is a good time to start teaching him coping skills. Such as deep breathing and counting to 10, optional time outs and using big boy words. It takes a lot of patience to teach him these things. But when you start to see that he is begining to get mad say "Sometimes when i get really angry i take a few deep breathes and it helps calm me down. Take a deep breath like this" and then demonstrate.
Also, instead of timeout put him in his room, where he is away from you. It's okay to say "I dont want to be near you if you are going to hurt me".
at 12:40 AM on Sep. 29, 2009