Becky - posted on 07/29/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
Ok ladies, I need some fresh ideas. Aiden is a little hitter, and all my ideas aren't working. He mostly hits his brother, but he will hit me too. Its just whoever is closest to him when he gets frustrated. I've tried holding his hands and telling him no, hands are not for hitting, yada yada, and as soon as I let go, THWAP. He does it again. *sigh* So I tried a version of rest time. I put up a gate in the hallway where he only had about half the hallway of space, put an elmo couch and books/toys in there, and he went to rest time for hitting. My point was to remove him from the situation and get him see that he can't be playing with the family if he's hitting, he has to be alone. Pffft, he liked it there. Didnt' phase him one bit. Next up, I tried time outs. Obviously he wouldn't stay seated, so I put him in the high chair, but he wormed his way out of that too. Lastly, I've tried time-ins (sitting away somewhere with him on my lap and explaining to him that we do not hit). Not working! He gets right back up and does it IMMEDIATELY again. I'm being consistent. He gets in "trouble" for it every time, but nothing is deterring this little booger. Gavin was NEVER the aggressive type, so I'm confused. Please help.