“When I was getting my son dressed this morning he got upset over my choice of shirt for him. As I was putting it over his head he bit my arm. I was so startled by this that I nearly cried!” ~ Rachel, mom to 2-year-old Trevor
First: Think about it.
It’s natural to be shocked or hurt by your child’s actions, but rest assured that your little one didn’t intend to injure you; he just couldn’t find the right words or actions to get his point across, and a quick bite seemed like the right solution. It helps when you understand that this behavior is normal, and that it’s usually not intentional misconduct. Nonetheless, it is something you’ll want to put a halt to – immediately. This is an opportunity to teach him a lesson in social skills. Here are some tips on what to do next time it happens.
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