I have an almost 21 month old and each child goes through these "normal" stages that we as parents HATE. You just firmly say NO, we don't hit and you gently take their hand away. It is totally developmental, it is frustrating for us as parents to see when it is done to other kids...but as long as you teach your child it is NOT okay to hit anyone, including you and you gently take their hand away, always be firm but loving and caring at the same time (if it is possible)...they will learn and stop. It may take a little while, but it will end.
GOOD LUCK! I remember when my oldest (she is now 10) would hit and I would be so embarrassed, especially since I was an early childhood teacher, but it happens to all our kids, we just need to grin and bear it until it passes. I wish you lots of luck! It will get better, have no fear! Then you will get to the next stage...which will have new challenges! :)
at 12:33 AM on Oct. 4, 2010