Stop Your Toddler from Hitting
If your child is displaying aggressive behavior and has the tendency to hit other people or objects, you should know that you are not alone. Many parents are going through the same situation. Fortunately, there are ways you can stop your toddler from hitting. They key to successfully stopping this behavior is to show patience, understanding and love throughout the process.
1. Put a stop to the behavior as soon as you notice it. If your toddler is about to hit you or someone else, immediately block his or her hands while saying “Stop.” Do not allow anger to manifest in your voice, but be certain that you state it firmly
2. Staying calm is extremely important, as this will show your child that you are in control of the situation. Reacting with anger will just make things worse as it has the tendency to magnify the negativity of the situation.
3. Never forget to acknowledge the feelings of your child. Ask him/her why he/she was about to display an aggressive act. You should understand that there are some children who do it playfully, while others commit such behavior because of anger or frustration. Explain this properly to your child, while making sure that you also tell him or her that feeling angry or frustrated is fine, but showing it through the use of his/her hands is not.
4. Properly educating your toddler on what to do and what not to do can be done by citing situations wherein he/she was about to hit someone or something. This is also a great chance for you to instill politeness in your child by teaching him/her the use of terms such as please and thank you.
5. Last, but not the least, is to praise your child every time that proper behavior is displayed. You can do so by thanking them, which will also teach them the meaning of gratitude.