Sheryl - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
How do you all handle hitting? My 20-month old girl has picked up the habit of hitting (or swinging, at least) when she is angry/frustrated. There is a boy close to her age at her childcare who hits/swings (even just for fun, not out of anger) and she has picked up this habit.
Of course I've gotten the [bad] advice to hit her (tap her lightly) when she does this, telling her no. But this seems counter intuitive--if you're trying to get a child to stop doing something, it doesn't make sense to do the same thing to her. We use a time-out chair, when there's time (but this doesn't seem to work much). But what about those times when we are out and about? How do you break a toddler out of this habit? Oh, and she sometimes pinches, too. Another negative habit she's picked up from this other child whose parents apparently pinch him.
Thanks for any feedback!