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Sharing Bites

29 September 2009

We reached a milestone of dubious nature last week.  Keyven came home from daycare with a battle scar.  When I went to pick him up on Wednesday, his teacher Amber came out to the hall with us.  She said, “I just wanted to let you know that Keyven got bit today.” 

IMG_2806I did my best to not freak out.  After all, I hadn’t noticed when he came running over to me.  But sure enough, there was the evidence on his little right arm.  Full dental impression of some kid’s chompers, still red and swollen.  Luckily, there was no breaking of the skin.  They put some ice on it and he cried for a while (can’t blame him!).  Seems that he got on the losing end of a fight over a toy. 

Later that day, we had a chat about biting.  I wanted him to understand that just because someone else bit him did not mean that biting is acceptable.  We’ve got enough problems with outburst (read: purposely naughty) hitting that biting does not need to join the repertoire of bad behaviors.  So I sat him down and said, “Do you remember what happened to your arm today?”

Keyven looked down at his arm and said, “Yeah.”

I said, “What happened?”

“A bite?”

“Mmhmm… and it hurt, right?”

“Yeah.”

“Biting hurts and it’s not very nice, so we do NOT do that to other people, right?”

“Yeah, it hurts.”

It didn’t show up well in the pic, but it’s still there even now… just turning purple instead of red.  No problems this week, though, so hopefully this was a one-time only event.  

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Auntie Lynn permalink
    30 September 2009 11:55

    GIVE THAT BOOBOO A KISS FOR ME AND HUG THAT AWESOME KID.

  2. 1 October 2009 09:05

    Will do. 🙂 We’re lucky he’s such a little lover-boy and not a biter. But we’re still working on that “no hitting” thing. At least when he does it, we know it’s coming. He always makes a little sound effect! It’s hard not to laugh at it sometimes.

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