Comment: If he does not have the mental capacity

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If he does not have the mental capacity

To understand the consequences of running into the street, it is your responsibility to physically bar him from running into the street. If you fail to do so, then that is YOUR failure as a parent. Hitting the child for your mistakes is rather backwards.

If he DOES have the mental capacity to understand the consequences of running into the street, then there should be no problem having a discussion about the danger and how to navigate his environment safely. Neither situation warrants hitting kids.