My friend has a child, John, aged 4. He goes to a day-care centre, which has had a problem with a child that hits other children. Quite hard, and reasonably consistently. The day-care centre was wondering how it could control or change this behaviour, or whether it would have to ask him to leave. I was naturally worried for my friend's child. My first step was to consult him.
Does X hit you? I asked.
"No", said John.
"Does he hit other children?"
"Why doesn't he hit you?"
"'Cos I'm stronger than him," was the practical reply.
"Phew, at least it wasn't a personal problem", I thought, somewhat callously.
"Who does he hit then?" I asked.
"I don't know- he just does."
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