time out is meant to be a time when a child REFLECTS on their actions or gives them time to breathe if they're very angry.
So....time out isn't meant for kids under 3.
So...first you need to identify why DD hits (tired, isn't able to fully communicate, someone took her toy, there are may reasons). You need to know why she's hitting in order to help her deal with these feelings of frustration where the only way she can communicate is by hitting.
Next soothe the person who was hit (this will teach her empathy. something that takes yrs to learn :)
Then turn around and in a few sentences say "that hurt ___. we don't hit, we touch each other kindly.
If problem was fighting over a toy, do not let DD play with that toy. She can play with anything else BUT that toy.
If she's tired, problem is easily solved. If she's having a hard time communicating, consider teaching her sign language (this helps A LOT!) NEVER HIT BACK
at 3:29 PM on Jan. 24, 2010