in response to the rising level of physical abuse ocurring in my home i have instituted a new program.
it's called, "hugs not slugs" and it goes like this: every time E feels frustrated and wants to hit someone, he should instead give that person a big hug.
i came up with it in a moment of desperation yesterday afternoon after being socked in the arm for the millionth time. and friends, let me tell you that this is the best idea i have had in decades.
E has been doling out unexpected little hugs all day.
me: "oh! thanks for the hug, E! ...wait, did you feel like hitting me just then?"
E (sweetly, while still embracing my leg, eyes squeezed tightly shut with emotion):
"mmmm, yeah mommy... i just really feel like punching your face."