On Smacking

It happened for the first time yesterday. We knew it was coming. But when it happened we didn’t exactly handle it in the correct manner. I saw the arm swing and heard the thwack as the hand hit but it took a few seconds to register what had happened and then a few more seconds to stifle my giggles and put on my stern face.

Its all kinda my fault!

Ava and I had just arrived home from Kinder Music. Walter was home and he was unloading her out of my car while chatting to me. We were joking around and he cheeked me so as a joke, I pretended to smack Walter in the face – obviously I didn’t, it was just a bit of good natured banter. Well clearly little missy felt she should be invovled in the friendly banter so she drew her arm back and let it fly and thwack – she klapped Walter on the side of his face!

Neither Walter nor I handled that really well, first there was stunned silence, followed by some giggling and then I pretended to smack Walter again to see what she’d do and again she raised that little arm, let fly and thwack, she klapped him again!

So its become quite clear that little missy is now at that age where she definitely is taking note of everything we do and the very mature play fighting that goes on between Walter and I will need to stop for a while, at least till she’s old enough to understand that its a game and that you shouldn’t be going around smacking people in the face!

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9 Comments

  • suestuart

    February 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Uh oh! Had a good giggle at that as I know exactly what you mean. We are also at the stage now where some discipline needs to happen, also still trying to figure out the how and what!

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  • zamom

    February 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    One has to be so careful. Friends of ours have a 1 year old and he has 3 boy cousins that range in age from 5 till 8. At Christmas time they got him to pull their hair and see whose hair he would pull the hardest. They thought it was hilarious, as boys do BUT he now tries to pull the hair (as hard as he can) of every other child within his reach. Quite a problem as he’ll come away with a fistful of hair (literally) and leave a screaming child or baby behind. His mom is trying everything to try and get him to stop but he obviously likes the reaction he gets and can’t quite differentiate between screaming with laughter or pain.

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  • tan32

    February 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Morgan was about 2 and my MIL came to visit and decided to teach her that punching was fun she would say give me a bunch of 5’s and then punch. It drove me insane as my MIL went home after a week and I was stuck with a 2yr old for months that thought it was so funny to punch everyone and everything. I nearly banned my MIL much to ex’s disgust. But both my girls went thru that stage of doing as they saw which did prove some very embarrassing moments.

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  • orbit365

    February 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    So true. One must be so careful. We had issues with our Toddlers Day Mom last year. She complained that he was pulling the girls’ hair and that he rode on a 10-month old baby’s back. We were mortified and then realised that we actually allow the behaviour in the house as a game and that he lacks the maturity to know when he can or can’t use it.
    eg…I would let him “massage” my scalp and comb my hair in the evenings. It wasn’t hurting me but obviously it would have been sore for a little girl. And we all have turns to be the horsie for him to ride on, hence him making a 10-month old his horse.
    Had a good giggle at this post..x

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