As you know my wife and I are foster parents. We are still relatively new. My wife has been doing this for a few years… and I started last year. We had two cute toddler boys who went to different families in December 2013. One boy was adopted out, and the second went to a family who most likely will adopt him.
This January two new boys were put under our care. Both boys are old enough to walk and talk but not old enough to start kindergarten. Most foster kids have emotional baggage so it is not surprising that these two boys are dealing with some stuff. But these kids hit. They hit each other. Hitting each other is normal (kind of) because they are brothers. But they also hit me. They hit my wife. Sometimes they hit even people they don’t know if that person irritates them.
We put the boys in time out or send them to their room when they act out. They are not big enough to hurt (a lot) when they hit my wife and I. But when they hit it doesn’t tickle. No we cannot go hulk on them. In addition, many kids who come into foster care have already had someone go hulk on them,
What nonviolent parenting tricks do you know for kids that hit? Please share your wisdom below!