Biting and pinching are certainly a frustrating issues, and little ones often do either one simply because this is how they express their emotions. A funny way to do so, I know, but that's why they are often referred to as "love bites". Of course, if you aren't already doing so, you need to look her firmly in the eyes and say "No! No!". Then, have her sit for a few minutes. I think the biggest part of breaking this bad habit is trying to find out what triggers it. If your child is doing it out of frustration, try to head off the circumstances by distracting her or finding a teething toy, etc. If she is doing it out of love, as soon as you sense she is about to bite or pinch, hug or kiss her and tell her, "This is how you show love." Heading off the situation before it occurs is the best way to change a bad habit.
Toddlers bite for various reasons. Once you figure out why your toddler is biting, you may be able to stop this behavior.Obviously, this isn't an uncommon occurrence. Toddlers bite, and they bite for various reasons. The key to stopping this bad, and painful, habit is to figure out why your child is biting, and what you can do about it.
Toddlers' emotions run from one end of the spectrum to the other. They are instantly happy, sad, angry, playful, sleepy, whiney, exhilarated, etc. So, when a toddler feels particularly fond of another child, he may not know exactly how to express his emotion.Another major reason for toddler biting stems from frustration. Toddlers are typically frustrated about several things throughout the day. They don't always know how to communicate their frustration appropriately. They may cry, kick their legs, shake their heads, and even bite an unsuspecting friend, simply because they are frustrated.Because toddlers may not be very adept at communicating their wants and needs, they bite as a form of communication. They learn that the can get some type of response or attention by resorting to this behavior, even if it is negative attention.
Many parents of biting toddlers punish their children by biting them back. Does this work? Absolutely not! Instead, it only reemphasizes the behavior that the child is already practicing. Remember, toddlers are little sponges, soaking up words and actions around them. This is how they learn. Parents need to teach by example. If you bite your child back, what are you teaching her?
One of the best ways to deal with a biting toddler is to be firm and consistent in your response. Finally, it will take lots of love and patience on your part to help your child overcome this annoying habit. You may find that if you spend a little extra time holding your child, after her punishment, she may respond to this extra time with you. Eventually, your child will grow out of this frustrating behavior problem.
· 1 decade ago