My son has just started (in the last few weeks) hitting me. He was a big time hitter as a toddler, but once he was able to verbalize his needs, he pretty much stopped hitting.
Now, at 4.5 years old, he has started hitting me when he doesn't like something I have said or asked him to do. I've tried talking to him, explaining that when he is angry he can tell me with words, made it very clear that under no circumstances is he to hit me, given him other things to hit, but nothing works.
We don't do timeouts and I try (though not always succesfully) to not be punitive. I am at my wits end. Any suggestions??? I know hitting is normal at toddlerhood, but is it still normal at 4.5???