We've all heard the ages old reproach from parents, "No, we don't hit." I've said it countless times myself as my children entered the toddler stage. I've also said "I don't care if your little sister hit you first, you don't hit her back." And vice versa.
It's one thing if it's sibling rivalry but there is a time when your child may ask, "Dad, what if someone starts hitting me on the playground?" This is when your natural convictions and parental abilities are tested. How do you handle this question? Should kids fight back? Or do we tell them "No, we don't hit"?