Focus on the Other Child
It's hard enough to deal with a toddler who has a hitting problem in your own home, but when it happens in public, it feels even more difficult to manage. I mean, can you imagine the dirty looks you'd get from other parents if you didn't even look up after your child hit another kid in the sandbox? Sure, parenting isn't about what other people think, but I find it pretty hard to 100 percent ignore hitting when I'm in the parenting spotlight on the playground.
In one of her Instagram Stories (that I've probably watched 15 times), Ralphie suggests taking another approach in these situations: "I would model the behavior that you want to see. So get down at the victim's level and ask him if he's OK and that you are sorry he got hurt. Then ask if he would like to play with you. Show your child how to be a good friend."