I agree. Consistency is key. It's not unusual for kids to hit... consider it the first step in a lifetime of searching for limits. My son only does it when he's wacked-out-tired... and then he hits EVERYTHING. His gentle hands just go out the window.. Anyway - I grab his hand to stop the action, look him in the eye, tell him (firmly in your best "I mean business" voice) no and that it hurts mommy or the dog or whomever and it makes us sad. He usually realizes he did someething wrong and starts to cry, but he'll give it up after a second when he realizes I'm not falling for it... then he apologizes (as little ones do... by giving a hug or kiss). Most of the time I just try to avoid the triggers for the behavior... and be consistent when it comes up. Also knowing your kid (what they value... what's appropriate motivation for them) helps. Good luck! Wait for the biting..
at 10:21 PM on Dec. 1, 2008