I have a long, red scrape across my forehead. It’s from my daughter hitting me.
Annie started hitting when she was fourteen months old. My husband and I were shocked. We don’t spank or hit in our house so we had no idea where it came from. We did some reading on the subject, and saw that hitting was a fairly normal thing at that phase of her development. After a few weeks, she stopped hitting and we forgot about it.
Until a few weeks ago, that is. Hitting has come back with a crazy vengeance. Whereas before Annie would lash out if she was told no, now she will hit us at even the slightest hint of displeasure. She doesn’t like her lunch? She hits. Nap time? She hits. Drinks the last drop of milk in her sippy cup? First she throws the cup at us, THEN she hits.
When we went through this nine months ago, I knew she had a lot of frustration with her inability to communicate what she was feeling. Her communication skills are now light-years ahead of where she was, but her temper has gotten worse.
It’s such a strange thing. Most of the day she’s this sweet, loving little kid. But when she gets mad she becomes a tiny, non-green Hulk.
My husband and I are at our wits’ end. We’ve tried removing ourselves from her reach, reacting, not reacting, pretend crying…what can we do to make this hitting thing stop? I’m afraid I have an adorable psycho on my hands.