How do I get my 2 year old son to stop hitting?

Sheila - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is two and very bright and has a very broad language and I know he gets it when I tell him not to hit, but he still does it anyway. I need help!

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we do time outs. then we have a talk with him.
we try to get our son to empathize with the person who is being hit.
"do you like it if you get hit? what does it feel like? do you think other people like it?"
i think "it's not nice" doesn't really mean anything until you show the child what it means to them. if the child understands that if something hurts them, it must hurt other people, then you can help them realize it's not something you do.
"no" really doesn't mean much if you don't give a reason.

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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Have you tried 'time out'?? ..When he hits, put him in time out and dont allow him to do anything for so long. Maybe within time he'll realize how boring it is in 'time out' and avoid getting put in 'time-out'.

Jessica - posted on 05/26/2009

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My son has a problem with hitting too. I find it helps alot to just stay firm with him and let him know for a fact that hitting is unacepptable by maybe setting him down and talking to him about it. If he understands he'll come to realize it should not happen and that it won't be tolerated.

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