They do it when they are tired

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says we should give noth­ing but love to our chil­dren un­der around age two or three. Don’t worry about correction and di­rec­tion at this age. Love is all.

Ul­ti­mately, a child bit­ing is likely to be re­lated to emo­tion and be­hav­iour reg­u­la­tion. This means that when he is tired or ex­cited, he does not man­age his emo­tions and be­hav­iours well, and so he bites. When we fo­cus on the be­hav­iour, we miss the emo­tion that is driv­ing the be­hav­iour. And it is the emo­tion that re­quires our at­ten­tion.

So, my ad­vice? It’s pretty sim­ple. When your son bites, look at him and say “no” clearly. But more than any­thing, hug him and love him. Lots. He will grow out of it as he ma­tures. And he will grow out of it faster with lots of love and pa­tience. Have a ques­tion for Dr Justin? Email our ex­pert at askdr­ iden­ti­ties will be kept con­fi­den­tial

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