At home childcare with a biter & a hair puller

Rebecca - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I watch two kiddos, both of whom are 18mos old. My daughter is two yrs. For awhile now one of my kiddos has been biting & as of this week she's started pulling hair as well. She pulled a fistful of hair out of my daughter's head today & she's broken skin once with her biting. The standard response is a scolding into immediate time out (followed by a more serious talk after the time out). After the time out she says sorry & has to give sorry loves (per acceptance). I try to keep an eye out for her 'cues,' frustration, but she's SO darn fast! She does really well for spurts of times (weeks, people!), but this is getting incredibly frustrating & any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Rebecca - posted on 01/21/2009

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That's great advice-her mom & I had originally talked about having something she could have with her to bite instead & it sort of went by the wayside, but I'm thinkin' it's time to go down that road. Thanks!

Rebecca - posted on 01/21/2009

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Thanks for commenting Stephanie, it's nice to know I'm floatin' in this boat by myself. ( =

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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I worked in daycare for almost 7 years and have had my share of biters.... including my first daughter. I would say no biting and the time out thing... but later after time out I would talk to her/him and the rest of the children what can and cant not go in their mouths. The next time they bite the same thing... ask what goes in the mouth... food is the usaul answer and then ask if so and so is a food... and they seem to get the issue that other kids are not things they bite... or that taste good. Have something that they can bite if it is out od frustration.. like a teething toy... that helps them understand that they can bite the toy if they get mad but its not a good idea to bite friends... that what I did with my youngest at the first sign of her biting... so when she gets mad she bites her blanket or a toy not her sister.

Stephanie - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hello! I've done home childcare for almost 10 years now..I've had a few biters.. But the one I have now..is definitely my worst! She (just like yours) goes in spurts. She won't bite for weeks..then she, all of a sudden, BITES! AHHH! The only thing I know to do is to speak firmly and say "NO BITING!".. then she sits in time out .. then we say our sorry's..and I reaffirm to her "NO BITING!". If you find anything better that works, PLEASE PLEASE share! Thanks!

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