Biting back

Katherine - posted on 06/15/2011 ( 205 moms have responded )

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So your kid bites you: What do you do? Do you bite back or do you remove him/her from the situation?

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My daughter has gone through biting phases. I would never bite her back. How's she supposed to learn that it's not okay if you're doing it? Kids learn a lot by watching what we do. I've always just redirected her (she's 2) and that works well for us.

September - posted on 06/15/2011

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Our son has never bitten but if he did I would not bite him back. I would remove him from the situation and have a talk with him.

Katherine - posted on 06/15/2011

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The reason I posted his was because I was reading a thread where everyone was telling the mom to bite her kid back!!!!! I totally disagree. That child wanted something and needed to use his/her words and biting back isn't going to solve the problem.

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2011

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Remove them from the situation. Don't really see the point or why you would ever want to bite your child.

Heather - posted on 06/15/2011

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LOL my best friend's mother bit her back when she was little, she still remembers it to this day, and she never bit anyone again. But that tactic doesn't work for all kids, and some people will probably reply that it's abuse...
I'd suggest firmly saying "NO BITING!" and removal from the situation...then do your best to deny attention for a few minutes, often times biting is an attention seeking behavior, even negative attention will encourage the behavior, so ignoring him/her for a little while may prompt a positive behavior instead...
good luck!

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