Those Darn Chompers.Beth Anne Ballance
We have entered a new phase of toddler hell known as biting.
Thankfully, the parental units (aka me and my husband) are the only ones that Harrison has taken a chunk out of but I worry that it’s only a matter of time before we get the dreaded call from daycare that he bit another child.
It just came up all of a sudden – one day he bit my husband and then laughed. Then laughed even harder as we scolded him. Then he started biting pillows, biting blankets, even biting his toy trucks if they were frustrating him during play. We’ve warned him against biting the dog because she’ll bite back.
Let’s hope he remembers that.
The honest, awful-to-admit truth is that we have no idea how to handle the biting phase. And I need your tips.
We’ve tried time-outs.
We’ve tried leaving an activity the moment he bites, like how we were at a work spring carnival and in line for ice cream but he bit my husband and BAM! we left with no ice cream.
I’ve considered taking away toys or his beloved “yellow bee” lunchbox for a day, but I wonder if that’s not immediate enough for two years old.
I think a lot of this is frustration from all the change in our lives, with him starting school and moving to his grandparents during the week. I think some of it has to do with his new set of two-year-molars that feel fresh, even if they don’t still hurt.
Have you found anything that works for your toddler?