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Chet - posted on 02/06/2014

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Remind that hands are for nice things like clapping, hugging, waving, etc. Toddler hits, and you say, "hands are for clapping" and clap. In general I try to tell toddlers what TO DO rather than saying no. If you toddler hits try to engage his hands in something positive.

Watch for triggers. Some kids will hit when they are overtired, overwhelmed and don't know what to do. Others do it when they are wound up, silly and out of control. See if you can find a pattern and avoid situations that are likely to produce hitting behaviour.

It will take time. Be patient.

If at all possible, keep your toddler away from children (or adults) who hit. Toddlers learning by copying. What the people around them do is vastly more important than what they say.

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