I have a friend whom I love very much but am afraid to make plans with because her toddler hits mine. Before you judge me too sternly for staying away from my friend, allow me to explain. Her son likes to pull my daughter’s hair until she cries and when she calms down he tries to do it again. Then he takes her toys out of her hands and throws them across the room while telling her that it’s his turn to play. While I don’t like to judge anyone’s parenting skills it really burns me that my friend just sits there in frustration because she doesn’t know what to say to her overactive kid anymore. The last time we were all together I promised myself that it would be the last, but even though I can’t stand the kid, I miss his mom and she keeps wanting to make plans.
Can anyone give me some advice on how to discipline a child in a way that’s positive and how can I get my friend to be more proactive in dealing with her child?