Village, can we talk? That baby is driving me bananas. I’m not talking about her incessant need to have me read the shapes book over and over again. I’m not talking about her crankypants behaviour when I don’t slice her strawberries fast enough. I’m not even talking about the epic poops that I have to suffer every other day.
I’m talking about her hitting me. I’m sick of it and I don’t know what to do.
Regan is so sweet and loving…until she doesn’t get her way. Once I tell her “no” or “stop” she hits me. If she is across the room and I yell at her, she will run with her hand up in the air until she reaches me and dispenses a can of baby whoopass. It would be cute if it weren’t so frustrating.
The slaps don’t hurt, but the kicking does. The other day I was putting her new boots on her. When I took the little silicone packets out of her hands so she wouldn’t eat them she began kicking me with those heavy boots on. Today I have a bruise.
When she first started hitting me I would grab her hand, slap it and tell her not to hit mommy. Then I had a thought that hitting her would not be the best way to demonstrate not hitting me, so I started grabbing her hand and telling her no. That usually results in more hitting.
I’m not sure if she is witnessing other kids hitting at school, but I am guessing that is it. It’s also where she learned to pull her shirt up to show me her belly and put her finger in her mouth. Come to think of it, she rarely puts her finger in her mouth anymore, so maybe this is the next phase and she will outgrow it.In any case, I’m completely annoyed by this behaviour.
Have you had to deal with an aggressive child? How do you teach a toddler not to hit without hitting? I’m not opposed to popping her legs when trying to stop her from, say, running into the ocean, but I really don’t want to use that type of discipline in this situation.