Violent acts of children must not be ignored by parents as being fun. Parents must check their children's actions and consult a counselor if they continue to persist.
Hold the children's hands gently and briefly explain that we do not hit. Avoid a long philosophical explanation when a child is lashing out.
If the children are hitting, there is a reason behind. Validate their feeling once things have settled down.
Kids may hit to get attention, because they feel hungry, tired or themselves not being listened to. When they hit more often, figure out the unmet needs and meet them.
Some kids hit when they are angry or feel like they have been treated unfairly. Teach them alternatives to hitting, i.e. using words, asking for help, walking away, or stomping feet.
Modeling gentle responses and teaching children how to handle difficult situations without resorting to hitting is the best thing to tell them "physical violence is unnecessary".
Start by talking to general practitioners or pediatricians to investigate any medical reasons for the behaviors before they provide referrals to mental health professionals or NGOs for different therapies.
As there were only about 350 psychiatric specialists in HA with more than 210,000 mental health patients, professional referral and family assistant services becomes critical. Review your insurance plan to see whether it covers your child's mental health and the corresponding benefit amount, and whether it makes any types of mental health related services available.
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