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What To Say and Do When A Toddler or a Young Child Hits

Updated: Jun 5




It's important to use empathy and it's important to set boundaries but it's not always easy. That's why we created early childhood rocks! a non-profit organization designed to support parents, teachers, and administrators working with children during their first few years.


What do you say when a young child hits?


The answer is on page 1 of our free 22-page eBook written by early childhood author, teacher, and parent, Nanci J Bradley BA education MA human development. You can also get the answers to 21 more common early childhood concerns. Each magic phrase has a short explanation of why it works developmentally.


It's easy to find behavior suggestions on the internet but many of them are written by well-meaning parents with tech skills, not professionals. This booklet is different.


Click on the yellow sample page below to find out more.


page 1        What to say when your child's anger gets physical

page 2        What to say when your child flirts with danger

page 3        What to say when your child does something you like

page 4        What to say when your child impatiently grabs things

page 5        What to say when your child procrastinates

page 6        What to say when your child behaves defiantly

page 7        What to say when a transition is coming up

page 8        What to say when your child tattles

page 9        What to say when your child doesn't listen to you

page 10      What to say when your child doesn't like a decision  you made

page 11      What to say when your child whines

page 12      What to say when your child continues to whine

page 13      What to say when your child shows you their art

page 14      What to say when your child falls down

page 15      What to say instead of "Say, you're sorry!"

page 16      What to say when your child ignores you

page 17      What to say to your child when they fail

page 18      What to say to your child instead of "good job!"

page 19      What to say when your child asks for too much help

page 20      What to say when your child tells you about a problem

page 21      What to say when your child is too rough or hurtful

page 22      What to say when your child isn't sharing






Nanci J Bradley is an early childhood and family educator, author, teacher, family aerobics instructor, and an all-around fun-loving person. She believes in the power of sleep, healthy eating, lifelong learning, and most of all, PLAY!  She studied early childhood ed at Triton College and received her BS in education in 1986 from NIU. She received her MA in human dev from Pacific Oaks College in 2011. She lives and teaches in Madison WI and is the founder of early childhood rocks, a non-profit org dedicated to creating change through early childhood education.

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