Hitting

Alicia - posted on 11/09/2008 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 15 month old girl that thinks it is ok to hit mommy and daddy and the dogs. She sometime will hit other kids. I dont know how to make her understand that she cant hit us without yelling and scaring her. I dont really want to pop her hand to show her that it hurts because she then gets the picture that it is ok for us to hit her but not for her to hit us. Any Suggestions???

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Caree - posted on 11/14/2008

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My 19 month old is in the phase of hitting and every approach I try doesn't work! So just tell him "ouch, that hurts!" and I am hoping he will catch on soon! My son sure has an attitude lately. He even tries banging his head on the floor when he is mad, not sure where he learned that from but I am hoping he grows out of that sooner than later!

Stacey - posted on 11/12/2008

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I agree with Christa... my daughter (14 months) is also hitting, grabbing,and pulling hair. I touch her hand to my face/hair (whatever she is pulling or grabbing!) and say "gentle" and if she doesn't stop, I put her down and walk away from her. Repetition is the key with this age!

Christa - posted on 11/09/2008

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I am dealing with the exact thing right now, with my near-14-month old. I just asked my sister about this, who works in a daycare with 1 - 2 year olds. They use words like "owie" and "gentle touches". She said they actually take the kids hands and gently touch their (the adults) faces while saying gentle touches...or to the dog, whoever she may have just hit. : ) Since they are so young - I'm sure it will just take repetition after repetition! I'll be anxious to see if there are any other suggestions, b/c I feel your pain! (Sometimes literally).

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