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Old 02-01-2013, 12:52 PM   #28
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Re: How much does my 24 month old understand- Update and new question

If I can't remove the problem (like a sippy cup), I remove the situation. Hitting the dog? You have to go away and leave the dog alone. Hitting your sister over a toy? You don't get to play. Hitting kids at the playground? We have to go home because we aren't playing nice.

I keep explanations simple and positive "No hitting. Hitting hurts. We have to use gentle hands" and it does take some repetition. Hitting in itself is developmental to an extent, it's a way of expressing frustration and anger. So I also try to provide alternate solutions "Ask your sister to share", "Say 'No, I don't like it!' instead of hitting", etc.
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