Help! How Can I Discipline a Toddler Who's Hitting Pets?
Every time I catch my daughter doing this, I give her a swat and try to exercise some toddler discipline. I tell her that it is bad, saying things like "That hurts the doggie/kitty!" Then I have her give that particular pet a hug to say she's sorry, since I know that the animals understand that she's just a toddler.
But it's still going on, and has been for several weeks! I can't imagine a house without pets in it and don't want my daughter to be mean to them for no reason. Is this the right way to discipline a toddler? Is there something else that I can try that I'm not already doing? Help!