Friday, April 4, 2008

Well, Crap

The Wild Child bite someone today. On the face. Left a huge bite mark, even though it didn't break the skin. I imagine the parents freaked out when they got their to pick up their child.

So Mr. Sasha and I have made the decision to suspend her from school for a week ourselves. I am trying to call the director to tell her what we've decided, but she doesn't seem to have call waiting.... "I'm sorry that line is busy..."

Anyway, this is unacceptable behavior and we've got to do something radical. Six months ago and I would have freaked out about her being out of school for a week, but it's time for something BIG. Between my parents, Mr. Sasha's parents and sister, and the planned vacation we have for next Thursday and Friday, we've got next week covered.

Hopefully the school and the parents of the child/children she's been biting will appreciate our efforts. And most of all, hopefully it will break the cycle.

I think she'll be crushed Monday when The Politician goes to school and she doesn't. That's exactly what we are going for.

Cross your fingers it works......

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13 comments:

Kate said...

Oh that sucks the big hairy one!!! I know some people might want to take my kids from me for suggesting this (please God, yes!!) but have you ever tried biting her back? My sister was a biter and my mom finally bit her back after she chomped down so hard on my finger she (A) drew blood and (B) exposed bone. Ok so B is a total exaggeration but you get the point! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

JKW said...

Bless your heart...I wish I had some "words of wisdom" but I don't. Hopefully this will end soon...I know it has to be stressful for all involved. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Like Kate said, biting back worked for my Aunt. My cousin was a biter and would not stop. My Aunt got fed up one day, grabbed her arm and chomped down hard. I know, YIKES, but...

guess who never bit again?
Just sayin'...;)

Sasha said...

Thanks guys.

I guess our main issue is that she doesn't do it at home or in front of us- only at school. She bit Mr. Sasha once and The Politician once, but that was about 6 months ago and we spanked her for it. I am not above biting her back but I haven't had the opportunity to do that!

Hopefully the week out of school will break the cycle.

Kate said...

I'm so sorry:( I can say from teaching experience - it gets better and better the more language they aquire. But as a parent, I totally feel your pain. Finn's biting has calmed down a lot (knock on wood) but it is awful when it's going on:(

amy said...

My sister in law has struggled with her son's biting for almost a year now (he is now just over 2). She started putting hot sauce in his mouth as a final resort and it seems to be working fairly well. He hates it and knows it's coming if he starts to chomp. It has curbed his appetite for the bite and we are all thankful! Good luck!

CM said...

Oh no! Thats so hard when she isn't doing it in front of you! And you can't ask the teacher to bite her back! I'm a firm believer in punishing them WHEN the commit the crime at that age. But what to do when she's doing it when she is away from you? Boy, this is a hard one. I hope all goes well next week.

Beach Bum said...

Keeping her home just might do the trick! It's worth a shot! I admire you for taking it upon yourselves to try it! My daughter LOVES "school"! I pull her out every now and then for dr./dentist appts. and cooking classes-all in the afternoon. She is very upset at the thought that she will miss snack time. She worries about it the whole time we are gone so I take her back to school and they now save her the snack for when we return. How crazy is that????? However, maybe you can use that for Wild Child's week at home...try to reinforce the things she's missing out on at school...like centers, circle time, arts and crafts, snacks, lunch, friends,etc. Kind of like "rubbing it in" so to speak coupled with, "If you promise to stop biting, we'll let you go back...." I don't envy you-it's going to be hard to pass the time at home and not make it seem fun and appealing to her since it's a punishment and still keep your sanity! I really wish you the best of luck!!!

~Brenda said...

Just wanted to wish you luck!! And mention...there's always bribery if this doesn't work. :)

Southern Mom said...

Dr. Sears says to put the biter's arm in her own mouth and make her bite herself while saying "biting hurts". I did this with both my kids and it worked, but that was right after they bit another child. My sister did it with her 3-yr-od daughter about 2 hours after she bit a friend at preschool and it worked for her too. Good luck!

Slim said...

Do they make a book about biting like they do for hitting? Like "hands are not for hitting" is there a "teeth are not for biting?" Maybe not, since teeth actually ARE for biting. Hmmmm. I don't know Bird. You stumped me on this one. I will be sending you positive vibes and super human strength this week! Good luck!

Kate said...

LOL I know its wrong but after reading Slim's comment I got this stuck in my head:

Sung to the tune of Blues Clues

Teeth are not for biting...teeth are not for biting...teeth are not for biting...they are for chewing food....

God help me I'm going to have that in my head all damn day!

Traci Anne said...

She bit the kid ON THE FACE?! Dude. I know this isn't behavior that should be encouraged, but have you thought about training her for, oh, I don't know, cage fighting or something? Because WC is hardcore.

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