The following question was received by Michelle Borba:
"My 19-month-old son has a really bad habit of hitting people. It doesn't matter who his victim is -- young, old, strangers, or family and friends. It is so bad that I'm now considering not taking him out in public. He is missing out on toddler groups, soft play areas, swing parks and general interaction necessary to a child because I can't trust him not to be abusive to others. Please help."
Here is her response:
The key word you said here was, "habit" -- that means he's used to using that behavior and so it's become entrenched in his everyday behavior. It also means it's now going to take consistent, deliberate work on your part (and every other caregiver) to stop it. Don't expect a turn around ASAP -- but also don't give up.