Hitting

Nicole - posted on 09/03/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 19 month old, hits us all the time, we have tried time-outs, hitting back, etc, have tried it all! Any other ideas?

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Christina - posted on 09/06/2009

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My daughter's hitting/biting stage was sooooo long. Not giving them a huge reaction but a firm "no" and then ingnoring them seemed to work the best for her. She'd stop for a while and then test it out again in a few weeks. She likes to push the limits on everything though. At 3 1/2 she is finally past it. Hang in there; they do *eventually* grow out of it.

Tracy - posted on 09/04/2009

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My toddler also did this for a while but has stopped now. When he would bite or hit me would tell him No! that hurts mummy and then ignore him completely. He hated me not giving him any attention and stopped it quick smart. Good Luck :)

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I agree with Sarah Brown!, my 21 month old daughter went through a hitting, kicking and biting stage and we did it straight back. It only took 2 days and it stopped.

Rosio - posted on 09/03/2009

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Definitely punishment is not going to work. Is only a stage. Definitely recomend Positive Discipline for Toddlers by Jane Nelsen is a great book.

Sarah - posted on 09/03/2009

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I read a great book called "The New Strong-willed Child". It was a little difficult to read at first, but made sense so we tried it and it worked. I would recommend it.

September - posted on 09/03/2009

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I've attached a great website for you to check out which may help better explain why your child is hitting. I don't agree with hitting a child back in order to get the point across that it's not ok to hit. There is a reason a child hits. Which is explained very well in the website that I provided.



http://www.shangshung-usa.org/child-deve...

Sarah - posted on 09/03/2009

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It sounds like you're doing the right thing. My son went through a biting, kicking, pinching, hitting phase and we just did it right back to him. He would of course cry after being punished, but I let him have a good cry for a few minutes and then I would pick him up and comfort him & explain why he was being punished. After a few days he stopped doing it. Thank God!

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