Alot of people say that hitting is a learned behavior....to me that is totall BS, its instinct. Self control is taught. Hitting and physical forms of communication come very natrually to humans. YOu need to make it clear that A. hitting is not accepttable and B, teach him now to communicate with his words. If he is hitting out of frustration, or anger, then gently take him bye the hands and get down on his level, and show him the ASL signs for mad, or sad, or whatever you can tell he is feeling, while clearly saying "I know your MAD (sign), but hitting because your mad is wrong." Then show him what you would rather him do to get rid of that emotion (talking it out is best, but if he needs to go sit on his bed and cry it off, then there isnothing wrong with that). If the issue presists, then you need to decide on how to dicipline that behavior so that he can learn self control.
at 7:55 PM on Nov. 18, 2008