My 18 month old smacks me, just me! and she does it with a smile then puts her self in a time out in the corner? Any tips?

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Alycia - posted on 11/06/2008

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I'm having a similar problem with my 2 year old. I read online that you should talk to the child about "touches." Such as "no hitting! faces are soft touches." and then use the child's hand to touch your own face softly. I've only been doing this for a day now, so . . . I can't tell you if it actually works or not. But I hear you -- he doesn't do this to his dad, just me.

LaDawn - posted on 11/06/2008

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We had the exact same problem with our lil girl and tried what I thought was everything!!! But the thing that did work for us was"hand time outs" although it sounds a lil crazy, once your child hits you you put them in your lap and face them away from you so they cant see your face and just hold their hands on their knees for say 2 minutes or so....while your holding their hands you just continue to tell them-your sitting here because you hit mommy and it is not nice to hit. my daughter absolutely hated having to sit still and not be able to do anything for that tiny bit of time and within a week she was done hitting! Its worth a shot:)

User - posted on 11/06/2008

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well though yes It is very frustrating to be hit by your 2 year old mine did the same. I look her in the eyes tell her hitting is not nice and it hurts mommy and then send her to her room for a timeout, the corner is for when she needs a break, (ex:throwing tantrum because her lego tower fell apart), because she does not like being sent to her room, she stopped right away. I think it took 3 times that way, prior I tried the corner for it and it kept happening. as for biting same thing that is not nice and hurts mommy time to go to your room. she only bit me once.

Liz - posted on 11/06/2008

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Thanks ladies. I'll keep my sunny side up with this, it is SO frustating, you're right Nicole. Just this AM we were playing before I dropped her off for work/day care and she hauled off and wacked me, i don't get it, we were having a total blast, then she ran to her 'time out corner' without even giving me the chance to send her? I was stunned! Her day care provider told us that she occasionally will get frustrated when other kids take toys she wants but she RARELY hits there, and when she has, in the past it was a very light tap on the head. Argh. I'll just keep working on getting her to behave like a good citizen.

Loreen - posted on 11/04/2008

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I would suggest talking to her about "choices" if she chooses to smack you, than she's choosing to have....."time to herself" and you put her in a timeout spot that would be THE timeout spot....not just one she's choosing.



My son is 2 and I put him in two minute time outs since that's his age.

He was putting himself in time out for a little while also, which I realized was because timeout was being over used. He ONLY gets timeouts for hitting or biting now....and he rarely gets any timeouts!

Nicole - posted on 11/04/2008

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My little one does similar behavior. She will hit me, also JUST me, and then kiss it and give me a hug. (That is what we tell her to do to apologize) I think it's just her liking to mimick my actions like she has to when I brush my hair or teeth or wash my hands, etc. It's one of those things that is SO frustrating cause everyone else thinks it's so cute. Sorry, I don't have any tips to help solve the prob, but just wanted to say you're not alone.

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