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Ways to discipline for hitting?

Two of grandchildren hit and tattle while I think it is a control issue I am at a loss to how I can dicourage both of these behaviors?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:46 AM on Dec. 3, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I make my stepson write it about twenty five times

    Answer by bseastrand at 11:53 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I use the Super Nanny method. lol. I tell them it's not ok to hit, put them in time-out for for the duration of their ages, then have them tell me why I put them in time-out. If I stay consistent with it, it works! If I give up for awhile we always end up falling back into the same hitting habits.

    Answer by liz.1986 at 3:01 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • For a toddler it's best to distract or substitute the negative behavior with one that is acceptable. For example, if a toddler writes on the walls it's best to say, "The walls are not for writing, but here is a piece of paper and you can write on this." When your toddler hits say firmly while holding his hands, "Hitting hurts." Take him over to a stuffed pillow and say, "You can't hit your sister / the cat but you can hit this." If you do this consistently, over a period of time, then you will see progress. The approach would be different for an older child.


    Answer by teacher-author at 4:48 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I agree with time out. It frustrating to start but once you get it, it works perfectly for just about any age group.

    Answer by Kayere at 2:13 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Ask their parents how they prefer you to handle it.

    Answer by fancyjane at 10:56 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

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