Teaching a 2-Year-Old Not to Hit

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Whether preventative or in the moment, when teaching your child not to hit, it's really important to be consistent. Find out about teaching a 2-year-old to not hit with help from an experienced parenting expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Christina, and this is teaching your two-year-old not to hit. Whether preventative or in the moment, when teaching your child not to hit, it's really important to be consistent. If you notice that your child is starting to hit to express anger or disappointment, a good idea is when they're not upset about something, talk about using gentle touch with people, not solving problems with hitting in a way that they can understand. Saying things like when you're mad, don't hit. You can always go find another toy. Using a stuffed animal or a doll is a great way to teach them gentle touch that we don't hit, that we gently touch animals and people. Knowing your child and paying attention to them will help you to see what the real problem is, whether it's toy stealing or tiredness, and paying attention to them in the moment so that you can catch them in the act, stop them what they're doing, show them what they did, and explain to them that it's not okay to hit, that's not how we solve problems, this is what we do instead. And express to them if they choose to hit again, they'll be separated from their friends or the toy or whatever it is that they're doing. So you can start training them to learn a new way to handle their emotions. As with most parents, consistency is key. Teaching them a new behavior takes time and effort and your attention. Thanks for watching.

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