Behavioral issuesare not uncommon—but can test any parent’s patience! The first step in helping children become aware of the impact of their behavior and learn to get along with others is through consistent communication about what is okay to do, and what isn’t. Encouraging positive changes in behavior in age-appropriate ways can help children become mindful and build good habits that will help them succeed in school and life.
First, know you’re not alone: A lot of toddlers bite, to their parents’ horror. At this age, many children aren’t able to express a need or strong feeling (can you say “frustration”?) or feel overwhelmed by another child’s behavior. When it looks like your child might be getting ready to chomp, suggest alternative behavior: “If you move your truck away from Juan, he can’t throw sand on it.” “Tell Sarah you don’t like her touching your head.” Distracting your child with another activity can break the tension of the moment: “Let’s check out the swings!” If you child does bite, firmly and calmly repeat, “No biting—it hurts.”
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