Some toddlers seem to strike out at the slightest provocation. At this age, kids have no impulse control. They may hit you, another caregiver or another child out of frustration, anger or just plain experimentation.
Whatever the reason, you’ll want to nip it in the bud.
Each time it happens, grasp your child’s hand and say, “No. We do not hit; hitting hurts.” You’ll need to be consistent about it.
If the hitting continues after your correction, follow through with a consequence, such as a short timeout—1 minute for each year of the child’s age.
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