If children hit:
- Guide them to sitting down nearby (this will probably motivate them to quickly change their behavior in order to rejoin the fun) or have them go to their room.
- Let children decide when they are ready to return. Tell them they are welcome to come back as soon as they decide to play without hitting.
- Stay calm and avoid showing anger or disappointment. By keeping your emotions under control, children can focus on their behavior and the related consequences.
- Welcome children back, “I’m happy you’ve decided to come back. It’s more fun when you’re with us.”