Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Solicited Advice Welcome

Our topic for today: how to curb the scratching, pinching, clawing, and biting a certain two-year-old boy inflicts on his mother (but not his father). The boy in question bit my thigh unprovoked while I was cleaning up the kitchen this evening. It broke the skin and bruised immediately and hurt A LOT.

I've tried to not react, other than a stern "no thank you." It appears to have ZERO effect.

Talk amongst yourselves.


  1. Maybe you could try a scolding from Daddy? If he sees Daddy doesn't approve then maybe he will stop doing it.


    No outside time?

    Sit him on the toys?

    If all else fails pack him up and mail him to Grandma.

  2. Anonymous11:58 PM

    bit him back!!! Bo (my grandson) used to bit. When he was old enough to understand what he did to others (biting ) he got the same. Result - he doesn't bit anymore..... Just sayin
    A word of caution.... You know not to bit back hard don't you? LOL
    good luck From Lynn
    I don't know how to choose an identity.... this is new to me LOL

  3. Ouch! I'm sorry!

    When E bites (she's been doing these play bites? on my shoulder if I'm carrying her), we do react.

    Immediate time out. Biting hurts. No thank you! And then when time out is over, we say, That hurt mama. You were in a time out because you bit. Please give me soft touches.

    And she does, and we go about our business like it never happened. And it usually doesn't happen again for at least a few days. Sometimes she bites, then immediately gives us soft touches to avoid the time out.

    I'm sure there's lots of options, that's the one that seems to work for us.

    PS - E's pinches are her attempts at tickling.

  4. Anonymous10:16 PM

    Sounds to me like he was trying to get your attention. He's thinking "Hmm..Mama is not paying attention to me...I know how to get a reaction! Chomp chomp." I would have liked to see his reaction when you said, "No Thank You." I think a time out is in order when kids show aggression like biting or hitting. We do this but unfortunatley these behaviors still rear their ugly head at our house once in awhile. Also, try giving him a clean sponge to help you clean. Leah will spend a good 10 minutes wiping down cabinets and the stove (regardless of whether they are really dirty). There's my two cents. Take it for what it's worth :) Colleen