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Stop hitting? Consuela* United States 5029 posts
Jan 12th '17

DS2 will be 1 year old this month.
He hits all the time and pulls hair. He thinks it's funny!
He'll smack me in the face and I will gently but firmly say, "No hitting." And move his hand away. He laughs! And tries to hit me again. I don't smile or anything... and he just laughs at me. If I'm holding him I'll set him down if he hits.  
He also laughs when he pulls hair and someone says "Ow" or tries to get his hand away.
I've tried not giving any reaction at all and just setting him down. He'll laugh at me when he does it then cries when I set him down or move away from him.

Any advice? I never had this problem with DS1, he hit me a few times as a baby and I'd just tell him no hitting and redirect him and it didn't happen much.

Ohana❤ 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Nvr, NL, United States 1904 posts
Jan 12th '17

Well, your son sounds like my dd3. She doesn't pull hair thankfully but she does smack and hit. Nothing has really worked but I continue to put her down if I'm holding her and tell her no. No other reaction but that. She also laughs and smiles no matter what. I know I'm sick of this stage.

Consuela* United States 5029 posts
Jan 12th '17

Quoting Ohana❤:
Well, your son sounds like my dd3. She doesn't pull hair thankfully but she does smack and hit. Nothing has really worked but I continue to put her down if I'm holding her and tell her no. No other reaction but that. She also laughs and smiles no matter what. I know I'm sick of this stage.


Seriously. Uhg, DS2 hits me and laughs all day and has taken to screaming at me if I ever set him down, throwing ALL of his food on the floor, and refusing to take naps.

I feel personally victimized by him lol I hope he grows out of this soon. I am out of ideas and energy. 

Ohana❤ 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Nvr, NL, United States 1904 posts
Jan 12th '17

Quoting Consuela*:

Seriously. Uhg, DS2 hits me and laughs all day and has taken to screaming at me if I ever set him down, throwing ALL of his food on the floor, and refusing to take naps.

I feel personally victimized by him lol I hope he grows out of this soon. I am out of ideas and energy. 


Oh wow, I feel for you. That's horrible. I hope for your sake and sanity he grows out of it, too. 

Consuela* United States 5029 posts
Jan 12th '17

Quoting Ohana❤:

Oh wow, I feel for you. That's horrible. I hope for your sake and sanity he grows out of it, too. 


I'm at my wits end. When my mother babysits she says he eats so well and he took a 2 hour nap and it just makes me feel like shit. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I never had these problems with DS1.

Ohana❤ 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Nvr, NL, United States 1904 posts
Jan 12th '17

Quoting Consuela*:

I'm at my wits end. When my mother babysits she says he eats so well and he took a 2 hour nap and it just makes me feel like shit. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I never had these problems with DS1.


I don't think you're doing anything wrong. He seems high strung and probably going to be your wild child. Hopefully he does outgrow all of it tho. I can only imagine. Dd3 does this thing where she talks (bahmah dahgah) but almost like telling you off in a way, and I just keep thinking, I'm so screwed come teenage hood. She's been telling me off since 10 months old let alone when she actually gets a mouth on her. 

Red~Origami 2 kids; United States 5283 posts
Jan 12th '17

Dd used to do that. Just stick with it. Eventually she stopped after a little while. You could try time outs to show that hitting isnt funny with a more severe than moving his hand. 

Red~Origami 2 kids; United States 5283 posts
Jan 12th '17

Quoting Consuela*:

Seriously. Uhg, DS2 hits me and laughs all day and has taken to screaming at me if I ever set him down, throwing ALL of his food on the floor, and refusing to take naps.

I feel personally victimized by him lol I hope he grows out of this soon. I am out of ideas and energy. 


When dd throws food on the floor she doesnt get anything else. We took out her nap and her behavior improved. Bedtime too. We ignore the screaming to show her it doesnt get anywhere and even though she still does it isnt so bad. Extreme screaming earns her timeout. Hug

Drew90 Due December 28; 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Hodgdon, ME, United States 7424 posts
Jan 12th '17

DD1 used to do this a lot and she still has issues with it sometimes but it's like a once a week issue now so it's more manageable (shes 2 now). Sometimes she just has bad days and acts out a lot.  I don't do anything different than what you're doing I just consistently told her it was bad and that it hurts and make a very Stern face at her.  

...B... 5 kids; 3 angel babies; .., .., Christmas Island 1314 posts
Jan 12th '17

My youngest, 15 months, is like this. Its gotten better over the last few weeks as she starts to understand more. I gently grasp her hand and say no hitting, and i tell her "be NICE to _______". Just over the last few days when I say the be nice part she responds with "kisses?" 

mrs.white8389 TTC since Jan 2016; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Florida 2642 posts
Jan 12th '17

Ds1 never hit until he went to school...now he has a obsession with it. He goes to timeout everytime he hits.