When my 2 (almost 3) y/o doesn't like what I say, she hits me. It doesn't really hurt, it's more like frustrated flailing. But I feel very strongly about discouraging any kind of physical violence.
I used to deal with this by walking away saying I wouldn't play with her if she hit me. That worked really well for a while. But now she is more likely to hit in response to me telling her not to do something (eg whack the CD player), and if I walk away she will happily and remorselessly return to the undesired activity.
I am not opposed to time-outs but she won't comply with them on her own so in practice I would have to physically drag her kicking and screaming into her room and hold the door shut. This is an awful power struggle, pushes the boundary of GD, and makes me look out of control. I really need a different way to handle this issue. TIA