Dear Mamas of the world,
I write to you because my dear sweet adorable child, M, as she is known on the blog, has developed a nasty habit over the last month. The child that loves to give me hugs and kisses has come to love slapping (or clawing at) my face. It has happened to my mother, and my husband as well, but I seem to be the favorite amongst her targets. Well, me, and the pooch.
Sometimes it is out of frustration when I won't let her do something and sometimes it comes out of thin air when we are having a great time together. Bam! Smacked in the face by her sweet little hands.
The poor dog (who is almost 6 and only bothers you if you have food) gets a drive-by at least twice a day. She will just be moseying along (the dog not the daughter) and M will smack her on the snout. Thankfully the pooch isn't bothered by it and just saunters back to her doggy bed.
What is my reaction when this happens? Well, it is the same every time. Let me put it in screenplay form so you better understand:
M smacks Mama on the face.
Mama immediately grabs M's hand and holds it down. Mama's face turns red from anger, but she takes a deep breath to try and compose herself.
Mama (speaks sternly and loudly to M, about an inch from her face): DO NOT HIT YOUR MOTHER. It is not nice to hit anyone.
M: I know Mama, I know.
Mama: I don't think you know or you wouldn't hit me all the time. NEVER HIT YOUR MOTHER.
M: I'm sorry Mama, I'm sorry.
And what is her reaction to all this? She gives me a "huggy" and goes about her business. And then it happens an hour later and we repeat the scene above. I have tried to give her a "time out" but she doesn't understand it, and won't sit still anywhere I put her.
Thankfully she hasn't hit any of her friends, as I would be mortified. Who am I kidding, I am mortified! My kid hits! Where did she learn this? I am sure someone gets slapped in one of the movies she loves. I certainly didn't teach her this!
My question to all you Mamas of the world - HOW THE HELL DO I DEAL WITH THIS? Does anyone else have a kid that hits? I need to nip this in the bud ASAP.
Beaten in Boston,