my toddler is hitting me....please help!!

Nikki - posted on 10/20/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I'm a single mom to a 2 year old little boy, and he is into hitting me when I say no to him or when I take something from him he's not supposed to have...how do I stop this???

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Ez - posted on 10/20/2011

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My daughter went through this stage. I would tell her once to stop because it hurts, and then move away and ignore her. It is incredibly frustrating, but it does pass. And doesn't mean your kid is going to grow into a horrible bully lol.

Jane - posted on 10/20/2011

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If he hits you, try reacting as if you are in pain and telling him that hitting hurts. Then move away from him and ignore him for a few minutes. He will eventually learn that you don't like being hit and that hitting makes you ignore him and so is not rewarding.

Which ever method you choose, keep it up. It will take repetition and he will also test you.

Sharlene - posted on 10/20/2011

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G o down to his level and in a high voice say [notouch if he does agin give a warning and if he diobeys again put him in the corner by mins of his age.Thats watching Super Nanny LOL.the best darls

Nikki - posted on 10/20/2011

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It's normal and he will learn eventually. Maybe try not to say no as much to avoid the incidents in the first place, you could redirect his attention to something else. Also get rid of anything from his reach that he is not supposed to have. At 2 they like to have a little control, so giving him some options and control may help as well. If he hits say "stop hitting hurts" in a firm voice without yelling and move away from him, be consistent in your responses because toddlers learn from repetition. It will take time.

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Nikki - posted on 10/21/2011

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Thanks so much everyone :) I will start to try your ideas and stay consistent with it!!! lol Sharlene I love Super Nanny lol shes got a lot of great ideas that I use now lol
Thanks again everyone...I am really grateful!!

Nikki - posted on 10/20/2011

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yea Amanda I am trying the time out now....but I don't feel like hes at the level yet where he understands that he's getting in trouble...but yet he knows it's wrong :S verrry stressful!!

Amanda - posted on 10/20/2011

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My son does this too. I use time out. He still hits me, but it's getting better. My son is also two.

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