What Should You Do When Your Child Hits You?

What do you do when an adult hits you? Do you hit them back? No individual has the right to hit you no matter what the reason may be. As adults leading a stressful life, one often incites frustration which ultimately leads to aggression. This aggression is taken out by shouting, screaming and in some cases by hitting. No denial in the fact that hitting is a punishable offense but hitting is mostly an instant reaction to boiled aggression. The person does not find any other way to vent out the emotion that has hurt them.

When a child hits the parent, it is called parental abuse. This is when your child hits you, but you cannot hit the child back because one cannot hurt their own child. But why did your child hit you? Why is your child becoming abusive? You must be wondering what stress your child be going through. You should know that your little child also suffers from stress. Your child may be suffering from some illness which has made it frustrated. They may be bearing some pain they are not informing you about because they fear you will scold them. Now we have known why the child might be aggressive but what are the signs that your child is abusing you?

Let us know how to deal with an aggressive child who hits you.

#1. Anticipate The Behavior

The first step is to anticipate the behavior of the child. You can easily guess when your child is going to get aggressive. The child will obviously come to you to ask for something and when you will refuse to give them what they need, your child will get angry. You need to see how far that goes. Observe how much your child can bear before you finally refuse.

#2. Stop Before They Strike

Observing the attitude of your child and guessing their fuming point, you should get prepared. The moment your child raises their hand to hit you, you should stop them before they reach you.

#3. Communicate

Now that your child cannot hit you it is the time that you convey your message. Inform your child that such an attitude is not acceptable. Your aggressive child should know that they are not supposed to hit their parents or anybody else. You should communicate that you do not accept such behavior and that they should follow your rules because you know better.

#4. Consequences

Just communicating that this behavior is bad is not enough. You need to tell your child about the aftermaths of such an attitude. Tell them that you can punish them if they do not follow you. Be polite and soft while you tell them about it.

#5. Appreciate

Once you are done with the conversation, and now you have known what the reason was for such behavior, then you should start appreciating your child next time they behave well. If they express their emotions well next time, give them a reward which will reinforce their good behavior. Teach them that you will appreciate such good actions in the future as well. When the child gets rewarded, they will repeat that behavior because they want to be the good child.

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