Thursday, February 23, 2006
Biting and hair pulling
Any ideas for teaching Jonathan that biting me is not ok? Now that he has a tooth, and more on the way, nursing feels more like a battle than the comforting, relaxing experience it used to be. I’m tense because I never know when he’s going to bite me, and darn it, it hurts! I don’t want to wean him, but I don’t want this to go on, either. So I’m looking for practical, “this worked for us” techniques to help him learn not to bite. So far I’ve been saying “no biting, ouch!” in a stern voice, but he seems to just think it’s funny. These past few days he seems to think all reprimands are funny. Yesterday he wouldn’t stop pulling my hair, no matter what I did. He just viewed it as a challenge, I guess, and tried harder. I finally slapped his hand, which I really don’t want to do! And it didn’t really work, either – he cried for a minute and then tried again. And I felt guilty about it. I’m at a loss on this one – up until now a stern voice, shaking head, “no”…these all worked. Now he thinks disobedience is funny, and he seems to think those things that hurt me are particularly funny. I don’t know what to do. Ideas?