I recognize that while I am attempting to write a treatise to a two year old there is no chance that the two year old in question will be able to read it, but nevertheless the value in embarking on such an endeavor is to try my patience with myself and the lines of logic which will allow me to more fully address the two year old, and if I find it convincing enough I may present it to my two year old in small portions whenever his attention span allows and finally arrive at some understanding with him.
the first item of conflict would be hitting a sister.
I find this inappropriate to a family unit, and yet I understand that you, son, are not at a level to fully comprehend the consequences of your actions, yet I am still required by my own conscious to do something about it, for even if the wrongness is not completely felt or understood by yourself, even if there is no malice in your act, it still has an impact of my to or not to say or do anything about the matter.
with that established I will then have to agree with my peers that something must be done. but the question that I struggle with most is what exactly should by done.
I imagine I could take it from a utilitarian perspective, which basically means the greatest good ought to be done with everyone in mind. In this case I would weigh out home much your sister is crying and gauge, based on how well you have eaten and napped today, how much you will cry based on discipline.
But I seem to have gotten ahead of myself, for I am already discussing whether or not discipline should happen without even addressing what discipline is and how it ought to be accomplished.
(I do hope, my son, that you are still engaged in this treatise, because it will make all the difference in your later development and success in life; at least this is what I keep telling myself, and I worry that I may ruin the rest of your life, but inadvertently adopting some sort of discipline practice that is aversive to your very personality type and identity, because not every kind of discipline is best for each child; some works better than others, depending.)
so the main question at this point is one of discipline, and I must say that it is rather hard to make you feel guilty for hitting your sister, which I suppose reveals my own methodology, which would propose that guilt is a way of motivating an individual toward or against something, which would explain the bouts of a depressing spirit I lay upon myself when I have entered into some course of action that I find worth feeling guilty over. how else am I supposed to quit the poor actions I make.
but I find it quite difficult to teach you to choose the same kind of depression that I do. I find it quite difficult to force depression upon you, and help you choose to be depressed, especially when I place you in the bathroom in hopes that you will feel incarcerated and then feel alone and then choose depression as a way of coping with your loneliness. but I inevitably come into the bathroom and find you wistfully engaged with the toilet paper or tapping your heels on the toilet bowl in a rather innocent and happy manner, one that is full of the hope that life supplies one at the beginning of life's journey. I find you happily entertaining yourself with anything as a mode of pleasant diversion.
upon finding you happy, during a period where you ought to be feeling guilty, I find it rather hard to feel successful in forcing you to feel guilt and thus depression. In fact anything short of spanking your bottom or yelling at you, in reality, anything short of abuse will simply not do.
which leads me to wonder what I am really after when I seek to discipline you. my son, I want you to understand, in any honorable way, that hitting your sister in unacceptable, but I must retain in my mind that for the time being the matter of discipline is one for my own appeasement of conscious and saving face when in the presence of company (which complicates the matter all the more, for I find that many parents indulge in all sorts of bizarre behavior when disciplining children in the presence of non-family members, I often laugh at how bizarre these behaviors are and make mental notes not to act like a giraffe drinking water when disciplining my children in public).
with the matter of discipline being a matter more of self-reflection on my own philosophies of self discipline, I think that I can accept discipline to be as such. and now, since you are a human that doesn't fully recognize your humanity, it makes interaction quite complicated.
in which case it makes me feel like I should rather pursue an argument based on virtue ethics. I ought to see you as some animal that has bitten the neighbor, but that would be changing the line of thought completely, so I advise you, my son, to avoid thinking of yourself as an animal, and I will do that same as well.
now I must ask, rather than ask how to discipline you, how I ought to discipline myself, because I don't think that I can choose a form of discipline that does not apply to the both of us, for we are both human.
but I wonder if I have completely missed the mark, and I wonder if, when you hit your sister, the most important thing to do for a two year old is to discipline him or her.
but then I return to the question of how to appease my own feeling of guilt to allow such behavior to happen.
(I would take the above portions and work them into more refinement. develop narrative as a structure, and try to be humorous.)