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Dear Preschool Teacher,
Please help me I have a 23 month old in my
toddler group that's still
bites. She never stops. One day she bit five different children. What
I be doing? My director doesn't think it's a big deal. I do! She
believe in discipline. What should I do? I talk to the child mom
Jaws it at it again!
Dear Preschool Teacher,
I am a nutrition student and I am teaching a
preschool class. I have to
teach them about the nutritional value of milk. I want to do
some kind of
song or little game to play with them. Do you have any
Got milk on my mind
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A R T I C L E
WHEN CHILDREN BITE
You turn around to pick up a few stray toys - and it happens. Erin
a piercing scream. You rush over and there's the tell-tale sign - red
marks on Erin's arm. Biting is one of the most difficult behaviors to
with in young children. Biting is very similar to hitting, but it is
more dangerous. Young children have more power in their jaw muscles
their arms, so the damage is more severe. And it can happen in an
even when you are standing right there!
Biting is quite common among toddlers and is a very normal reaction
age group. Children bite for many reasons. Sometimes they are teething
the biting feels good. Others seem to enjoy the strong reaction they
Sometimes it starts out as a kiss and just goes too far. Most of the
though, biting occurs because a child is frustrated and does not know
else to do. For example, the activity may be too difficult for the
there may be too many children for the child to deal with. Or the
be angry because someone tried to take a toy away. Because the child
yet learned appropriate words or actions to express his frustration,
resorts to biting.
There are many things you can do to eliminate the biting.
CHANGE THE SITUATION.
· Provide easier toys and activities for the child.
· Provide more toys so there is less fighting over the toys. Buy more
one of popular toys so very young children will not have to wait long
play with them.
· Decrease the number of children the child plays near.
· Shorten the playtime, or watch more carefully to see when the child
to "lose it."
TEACH ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVES TO BITING.
· Teach the child to say "no" if another child is doing
something he doesn't
· Substitute a teething ring if the child looks like she is about to
PROVIDE CLOSE SUPERVISION.
· Stay very close to the child to monitor things, especially in
where you think biting is likely to occur.
· If the child does bite, immediately remove the child from the
this after you have checked to see that the child who was bitten is
Briefly explain that biting hurts others and will not be allowed. If
consistently remove the child when he bites, he will learn that he
biting if he wants to play with others.
PRAISE CHILDREN FOR APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR.
· Compliment the child when he is playing well with others. This will
the child realize that you value this kind of behavior. It will also
build the child's self-esteem.
It is also important to talk with parents. Talk to the parents of the
who is biting and the parents of the other children in your care.
parents that biting, although it is serious and not to be tolerated,
quite normal in very young children. Explain why biting occurs and the
techniques you are using to help the child overcome the problem. This
the parents that you are knowledgeable about children and on top of
situation. Dealing with a child who bites can be challenging, but your
efforts will help the child take one more step toward independence and
Reprinted with permission from the National Network for Child Care -
Todd, C.M. (1992). When children bite. In Todd, C.M. (Ed.), *Day care
connections*, 1(6), pp. 3-4 Urbana-Champaign, IL: University of
Cooperative Extension Service.
A C T I V I T Y
Don't Just Drink Your Milk--Write With It!
unlined white paper
an oven (Warning: Adult supervision is needed for use of the oven!)
1. Dip the Q-Tip into the milk. Carefully write your message on paper.
press too hard, and don't use too much milk.
2. Let the milk dry on the paper until your message has disappeared.
may take about 15 minutes.
3. You can make your words come to light by placing your message in a
425-degree oven for 60 seconds. If your message doesn't appear, leave
a little longer. But be careful, you don't want to leave it in too
burn the paper.
All milk contains protein. The heat from the oven causes the protein
milk to burn. When the protein burns, it turns from white to brown,
revealing your words.
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