Understanding Biting In Child Care

By: Joni Levine M.Ed.

You have just picked up your toddler from child care and you notice a purple bruise on her hand. You then discover a note in your daughter's backpack. The note is from your child's provider informing you that one of your daughter's classmates bit her!

One of the most troublesome behaviors, from a parentís perspective, is biting. This is true whether your child is the aggressor or the victim. However, biting in child care is a very common behavior from the time children start teething, through their toddler years.

Why children bite

How child care programs often handle biting -- Tips they you can use at home too

© 2004 Joni Levine

Joni Levine M.Ed. is a college instructor and consultant in child care and development. You can find many more articles about child care on her website at http://www.childcarelounge.com/.

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