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#218569 - 02/13/13 10:12 PM Biting Granddaughter
Sandy N. Offline

Registered: 12/23/10
Posts: 201
Loc: Washington State
My granddaughter is almost two years old and recently bit her mom. Any advice on the most effective way to stop this behavior? She has only done it once (so far) but it was in anger. We definitely want to nip it in the bud. I've heard everything from biting her back to acting real dramatic (crying, etc.) so she'll know she hurt us.
Sandy Nachlinger, author of BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY; co-author with Sandra Allen of I.O.U. SEX

#218570 - 02/14/13 03:09 AM Re: Biting Granddaughter [Re: Sandy N.]
yonuh Offline

Registered: 06/14/06
Posts: 2447
Loc: Arizona
I wouldn't bite her back; that says it's okay to bite. I can't remember what we did when my kids did that but probably let them know it hurt and it's not okay. At 2, they don't know how to deal with anger.
Well-behaved women rarely make history. - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

#218571 - 02/14/13 02:12 PM Re: Biting Granddaughter [Re: yonuh]
Mountain Ash Offline

Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 3027
Children do not have an extended realisation until older. so biting is not just says "we are fighting" but removing her to sit by herself without bearing any grudge is a way forward.
Rewarding good behaviour ignoring bad is a way to strive to.
later its right to says "THAT was sore I am unhappy"

she will grow out of biting...she may even still be getting new teeth.

#218574 - 02/14/13 07:10 PM Re: Biting Granddaughter [Re: Mountain Ash]
Sandy N. Offline

Registered: 12/23/10
Posts: 201
Loc: Washington State
Thanks for the feedback. My daughter-in-law and I didn't like the "bite back" idea either!
Sandy Nachlinger, author of BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY; co-author with Sandra Allen of I.O.U. SEX

#218575 - 02/14/13 10:19 PM Re: Biting Granddaughter [Re: Sandy N.]
Mountain Ash Offline

Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 3027
To add....always look for what makes the child angry..
A Antecedent....what triggers her
B Behaviour..... temper/ biting /stamping feet/ shouting
C Conscequence .... that is up to what Mother Father decide..time out..naughty step.???(I dont like naughty step)

Whatever is decided has to be consistent ..Always reward positive behaviour...wall charts with stars..praise and hugs.

We are all human...but these are guidelines that seem to work

#218576 - 02/14/13 10:45 PM Re: Biting Granddaughter [Re: Sandy N.]
Anne Holmes Administrator Offline
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Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 3212
Loc: Illinois
I think my mother bit one of us kids back to train us not to bite, but when my kids bit at about that same age, I employed the "we'll discuss this and then you will sit by yourself in a corner and think about what you did," method of punishment.

So glad not too many people go for the "bite 'em back" routine. (Though if the biting persisted, my punishment would probably have proceeded to a swat on the butt and a threat to bite back if the perpetrator didn't mend his/her ways.)
Boomer in Chief of Boomer Women Speak and the National Association of Baby Boomer Women.

#218611 - 02/17/13 05:41 PM Re: Biting Granddaughter [Re: Anne Holmes]
orchid Offline

Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 3675
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I have never heard a bite back. It sounds very alien...

I think my mother probably scolded us. That was enough.
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