"Spirited and mild-mannered toddlers alike will experiment with ... how shall we say it? ... undesirable behavior. If your toddler indulges in fits of screaming, hitting, and biting, you can take some solace in knowing that his development is right on track. Discipline can be a challenge with kids this age, so try to build a little personal time into your schedule each week as a way to refuel your patience tank."
Haha personal time. Ya I'll get right on that right after I can pee alone and eat a hot meal. Although this little phase we are in now is not the most fun I feel much better knowing that I am not alone. I've tried many approaches to dealing with it and I'm not sure what works best. She doesn't really respond to any of them. If I calmly tell her no and explain that we don't hit she keeps doing it over and over. If I hold her hands she laughs and tries to break out. She thinks it's funny even when my face is dead serious. I've tried the firm no and that usually makes her laugh too and depending on how mean I am she will occasionally get even more frustrated and cry and hit. I guess the hard part is not knowing what to do and what will work. I want her to know that it isn't right but I don't know if she is getting it. After she hits me I will tell her we don't hit and that we hug and she hugs me but then I'm wondering if she thinks that after we hit we hug and not that hitting is bad and hugging is good. Uggg how do you communicate that?? I wouldn't change my spirited little one for anything. She has the most incredible personality, is funny and has no fear in the world but I need to teach her we don't hit and we don't throw things at the dog. Anyone have this problem and want to give me some advice???