8/16/07

Transformation

A few nights after we brought Gracie home from the hospital I walked into her room to find Dane standing over the crib talking to his “sweet” little girl. He had wanted a girl so bad and was so excited to finally have her here. It wasn’t that he didn’t just adore his boys, but there is just something about dads and their little girls. With tears in his eyes he smiled, gave me a hug, and mumbled something about his sweet little girl. She was indeed special and had brought a spirit into our home that my rough little boys had lacked. That was then, and o how times have changed. Daddy’s sweet little girl has transformed into something our family has previously not experienced. Diva does not do her any justice at all. We have always tried to teach our boys that girls are special and Gracie has caught on to the fact that she may be able to use that to her advantage. Her latest terror tactic is biting. If things are not going just the way that she would like she will show her brothers her teeth. This morning I walked in to an argument between Jesse and Gracie and found our little princess grab Jesse’s head with both hands and with an open mouth move in for the kill. Wyatt and Jesse were not biters, but this has become a very regular activity for Gracie. It is almost like she thinks it is a game and she will never loose. Any advice on how to fix this lovely little problem would be greatly appreciated.

Showing off her "Chompers"

Here she is just after tasting one of her victims



12 comments:

Webb Family said...

I'm so sorry it's no fun having one that bites!! Has she bit strangers or friends kids before? That's when it's really embarrassing! I would give Cody soap and that seemed to help!

Crazymamaof6 said...

huge bummer! we have had a few biters! not fun! we did soap f0r a couple and it worked . others had a harder time letting it go. and sometimes, i just told the others to stay away from the biter, and avoid conflict. they let it go after that. is is a;ways the younger ones only way of defense. oh and if it was over a toy or something, we threw it away, and if i cared about the toy I'd get it out later and hide it or after they said sorry. we had kids what wouldn't apologize. so that helped with that. one kid liked soap, so we did grape jam, better effect for that kid oddly enough , screaming at the jam. ymmy for the soap.

~The Kunzlers~ said...

I'm one of the odd ones. I bit back. I only had to do it once with collin, tanner took a few extra bites at me before it sunk in. I think once they realize how much it hurts, they'll stop. We explained that we don't bite because it hurts and we don't want to hurt the ones we love. And after they said sorry to the one they bit, I said sorry too. Every kid is different. But Dr. Phill will tell you not to bite back. WHO KNOWS! Good luck guys!

onehm said...

I read somewhere that biting them back helps. Doesn't help with hitting or anything else, but it does help with the biting. Haven't had a biter (yet) but you let me know what you discover that works....

Jenny Dahl said...

I have no advice on this one but she's darn cute!

mommyx5 said...

My Sissy has some problems w/biting. I have tried everything including biting her. I have learned to just send her to time out and make as little fuss as possible and we have gone longer and longer between biting episodes. They say what you give attention to grows bigger. What works w/one does not always work w/another. Good luck!!!!

ZB said...

I don't have a biter but I have a hitter. And in my book, they fall under the same category (totally unacceptable behavior). Onehm suggested 1-2-3 Magic (you can pick up the book at the library). That's the only thing that's worked for us. Good luck.

Lee Chaffee said...

Oh the Karmic Retribution

Joni said...

All my kids were biters! Today my 18 month old bit my 4 year old twice! So not fun!!!

Jenny Richins said...

hello guys! aaron gave me your blog. :)
your kids are cute. :)
biting is not fun to deal with. bless your heart. flicking their ear or forehead everytime my kids have done it works. soap works for my older kids too. (but we use that for saying bad words in our house).
:) good luck!

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