Lately she has become aggressively defiant. "Sweetie, please don't draw on the table, you may draw on your paper". "Well, I'm going to draw on the table". "Well then, I'm going to take your pen anyway". "Then I'm gonna hit you."
Slight variations of that conversation all day. Either "I AM going to" or "I'm NOT going to" and then "I'm going to hit you".
And she does indeed hit when she is frustrated, at least once a day.
I am not lax at all when it comes to discipline, and have been trying everything I can think of to diffuse these situations and explain why drawing on the table, hitting, etc. is not okay, and showing her what she *can* do instead.
Just a stage? Or am I just starting to see an aspect of her personality that wasn't able to be expressed when she was younger? Seeing this now, I am worried about the future...