When one of my friends asked on Facebook the other day how she can teach her little boy to not hit, I was instantly reminded of an experience I had with K when he was younger and going through that wonderful hitting phase.
I was getting so frustrated with K’s hitting that I was praying about it for guidance. That was truly my biggest problem at that point in life and it was driving me nuts!
One day I was sitting in the hallway with K when suddenly he up and hit me in the face. As I went to reprimand him, the thought came to my mind to “teach him what is nice.” I instantly changed tactics and started telling him every time he hit “hitting is not nice. Hugging is nice, kisses are nice, high-fives are nice.”
Every time he hit, I would say the same thing and instantly he would hug me, kiss me and give me high-fives instead of continuing to hit me or whoever else he was hitting.
I truly feel that God had answered my prayers by placing that thought in my mind and I am so grateful for that inspiration.
The above picture was taken in that very hallway, at about the same time I had this experience. Golly he was (and still is) so cute!