Tuesday was my first day co-opping at The Goon Squad’s preschool. It went pretty well except Ian bit three people.
Yeah. I know. He had never bitten anybody at school before Tuesday. They were pretty bad bites too. You could still see the teeth marks on one kid when his mom came to pick him up.
The worst part is that when he bit the first little girl, my very first thought wasn’t Oh, I hope she is okay. It was Oh, I can’t wait to call my Mom!
Yes. I was a biter too, I bit kids so much that my Mom had to actually bite me to get me to stop. Here’s the kicker, I didn’t bite kids in preschool, only in Sunday School.
That’s right. You heard me. I only bit the children at church. Maybe it was an early manifestation of my disdain for organized religion, or maybe I was teething, who knows.
I tried explaining to Ian why he shouldn’t bite the other children. I talked to him about how I used to bite kids and he smiled. I told him it wasn’t funny and I tried to teach him why it was mean and we discussed how he didn’t like it when Claudia bit him. I told him that Grandma had to bite me to get me to stop biting the kids in my class and I asked him if he wanted that? Did he want Grandma to have to bite him, or me to bite him or both? (I was rambling at this point because I wasn’t really sure I was getting through to him).
Ian nodded and said “Both”.
We talked about this again on the way to school yesterday morning (this was right before the sweater in the bush thing) and I thought this time I might be really getting through to him.
Can I call it progress if he only bit one little kid at school on Wednesday?
So far the other mothers have been really nice about it, but I’m wondering how many times one kid can get bitten before his parents freak out on me. Or worse, Ian keeps biting the only boy in the class who is bigger than him, so maybe this guy will beat the crap out of my little baby.
I honestly don’t think biting him will help. He has a twin sister, so he has been bitten before. He already knows that is hurts. Any other suggestions?