He bites a child
1 SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
Immediately apologise to the other child and parent, and express sympathy to encourage your child to empathise. M&B expert and child psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack says your little one will see you showing attention to someone else and will soon realise this isn’t the outcome he wanted from the behaviour.
“Help him learn words that describe how he’s feeling so he doesn’t have to use actions in future,” she says. A good way is simply to explain to him how he must be feeling. “For example, try saying, ‘You’re angry because he took your toy.’ This shows your toddler you understand and helps him build a vocabulary to explain his feelings in future, instead of acting on them.”
2 BE FIRM AND EXPLAIN
Biting feels good because it is a sensory experience, especially if your little one has started teething. But when he bites friends (or you), be consistent and firm in your response. Remove him from the situation and say, “No, that makes me feel sad.” According to Sally-Anne, ‘sad’ is an emotion most toddlers will understand.
3 COUNT IT DOWN
Sharing is a challenge, so make it easier by using counting. Tell your toddler that each child can have the toy or book for a certain amount of time, then start the countdown until it’s his turn. This helps him learn patience and how to take turns, which are two key life skills.