last week we were at the co-op childcare and a little boy (also 16mo) wanted a toy that DD was holding. she wouldn't let go and he smacked her across the face. to my knowledge, this was the first act of violence ever done to her and she reacted very strongly. huge tears pouring out of her eyes, etc. and she stayed away from the little boy for the rest of the time we were there.
but...now DD hits. she started hitting me a few days after the incident. this mostly happens when she's frustrated and can't get her way. my reaction has been to put her away from me and say something like, "i don't like to sit close to people who hit me." this seems to have no effect on her (too young?) and that's all I've got as far as ideas. i was kind of dumbfounded when it started and i'd like to nip it in the bud if possible!
any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
ps - i just think it's soooo ironic that she learned to hit at the co-op. ;)