How do you handle a 2.5 year old who hits you or a sibling? I've tried explaining hands are not for hitting and that it hurts others. I've asked him if anyone in the family hits and ask that he does not either. I've read books to him about gentle hands, etc but its not working. It seems like DS has the impulse to hit and just does it w/o thinking. I notice he hits more when he is tired, or hungry but he will also hit his brother just to get attention.
I don't want my 8 yr old feeling like I am not protecting him by letting his little brother hit. I also don't want him to begin hitting peers. Furthermore, I don't like getting hit! I know it can be common for kid's to go through a hitting/physical stage but HOW do I help him work past it?
Thanks in advance.