User - posted on 05/03/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )
I care for a 20 month old. He has just learned to hit. He hits with toys and especially his cereal bowl and cup. He doesn't seem to do it out of frustration. He laughs and thinks it is funny. I know that a hand swat just reinforces hitting. I have done the holding of the hands and looking him in the eyes and saying sternly "no hitting". We have done the time outs. I am not sure he really understands what hitting is. I cannot have him hitting other children. His mom says he is now hitting her at home as well. We are both out of ideas.