Biting

Kristen - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 yr old son keeps biting my daughter's arms leaving her bruises. How do I get him to stop? I have tried everything and Im running out of ideas. Please help!

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Gabrielle - posted on 03/24/2009

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I hated the idea of biting or hitting back. But my MIL and SIL kept insisting it worked. So, I finally tried it with my daughter - not hard, but enough for her to be uncomfortable, so she would know it hurts when people do that to you. I think the reason it worked is because she didn't really understand that it hurt me and what I would feel. We also used the book, Teeth are not for Biting, and there's a Hands are not for Hitting book, too. I tried crying and making a fuss, but she thought that was funny. Now, if my daughter hits me, I just tell her, if you hit me again I will hit you back. She doesn't hit me anymore.

Michelle - posted on 03/24/2009

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It's so amazing how we all have our own ways, my mom also taught my that you if they bit, bit them back and that is what i did with my first child, he never bit again. with my second child who is almost one, loves smacking and pulling hair, when he does it (i make like im really crying and tell him to kiss it better) he then grabs me and holds me so tight.

all children are not the same, so methods work for some and some work for others, and at the same time i am also learning.

Kristen - posted on 03/24/2009

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Thanks for all your advice....Im going to try doing it to him (even tho I really dont want to) and hopefully he will stop....wish me luck :)

Janet - posted on 03/24/2009

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I agree also. I bit my son and he never did it again. He is almost nine now and he is not a violent child at all. He was never a hitter or biter after that incident!

Cheryl - posted on 03/24/2009

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I agree, it sounds bad any good mom wouldnt want to afflect pain on there child. the other thing that helped me was to exaggerate your reaction, start crying and say you really hurt mommy, most children have never seen an adult get hurt. Children do not see that they hurt, they bring happiness and love not hurt.

My son is not that old but started biting and this what worked for me 4 days biting free feels great!

Heather - posted on 03/24/2009

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I def agree w/ you!!! He was biting alot, we tried everything! Nothing seemes to work w/ my son!!! Very stubborn child!!! So i had to do what i had to do, and it worked!!!  

Kristi - posted on 03/24/2009

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But when you bite back what are you teaching your child? That if they don't like something done to them they should do it back? Eye for an eye? Weird.

Time outs are effective in our house.

Heather - posted on 03/24/2009

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Bite him back!!!!! My son was biting me a while back and my dr. told me to bite him back and make it count!!!!! He never did it again!!!! I know it's harsh, but they do learn that it's wrong!!!!!     Enjoy your day!!!!

Voula - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Kristen:I know some people are going to think the worst of me ,my son is the same age(but  he has no siblings yet so it might not be the best thing for your case)he would bite and make marks  and bruises all over me. My friend had a promblem with her son about pulling hair..so she started to pull his hair (not hard of course)and he stoped doing it..so i thought maybe it would work with bitting:)and guess what it did:)(again i wouldnt bite hard of course)Now he never does it and if he tries ,all i have to do is pretend that im going to bite him and he stops all together.

Biting

My 2 1/2 yr old son keeps biting my daughter's arms leaving her bruises. How do I get him to stop? I have tried everything and Im running out of ideas. Please help!


 

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