Children who are 15 months to 3 years old may
bite other people out of frustration or when they want
power or control over another person. Some ways you can help prevent a child
this age from biting include:
Helping the child put words to his or her
feelings, such as, "You must feel angry with Bobby for taking your
Encouraging the child to use language to express himself or
herself. Say, "Use your words, don't bite."
Teaching your child
empathy, which is understanding and being sensitive to the feelings of
Encouraging activities appropriate for a child's age and
abilities. To prevent frustration, avoid activities that are too difficult or
Distracting a child who is becoming frustrated with
other types of play, such as dancing. Or you may want to suggest a calming
activity, such as reading or working on a puzzle.
Stopping a child
who appears ready to bite someone. Get the child's attention by looking
straight in his or her eyes. Use a stern voice and expression and say, "No. We
never bite people."
Praising a child who handles frustration
successfully. Say, "Great job. You used your words when you felt angry."
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March 21, 2012
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