My Toddler Bites! Coping with an aggressive child

Q: Our son keeps biting the other children at day care. Why is he doing this?
A: Day care is a fun but challenging place. Your son is learning to master new skills, and he has to share toys, games, time, and attention from staff, all of which can lead to feelings of frustration. The best solution is to figure out when tensions are rising and step in before things escalate. Ask your child’s key caregiver(s) to watch closely, and if she sees your child becoming frustrated, for example, trying to take a toy from another child, to act quickly and distract him with a different activity. If biting happens, she should say firmly, “No biting—it hurts,” then remove your child from the play area and ...

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