I have to disagree with tryin2BGOOD- it makes no sense to me to teach a child not to hit by hitting him. It is just sending a really mixed message. I use time out for my daughter and have since she was a year old and started the hitting and biting stage. She got over it pretty quickly but now and then her emotions get the better of her and she will try to hit, and then she gets a warning, if it continues again she is immediately into time out for 1-2 minutes with an explanation that she has time out for hitting, when time out is over she is reminded that she had time out for hitting and I ask if she would like to say sorry (she always does) and if she would like a hug, and then it is over. Patience and consistency are key in whatever you do. I try to be firm but not mean and I try not to lose my temper. GL!
at 4:43 PM on Aug. 25, 2010