Annie doesn't bite at home - why would she? - there are no other babies grabbing toys or pushing. She is an only child who, generally, gets what she wants. Matt and I decided we needed to start being more firm with our discipline. Throw your food on the floor? You're done with dinner. Want to "play" (e.g. bang) on my computer? No longer. She hates sitting with us and reading, but in teaching her to be more verbal, to learn how to start expressing herself rather than grunting, we decided we absolutely will make her sit and read with us each night. We're not talking 30 minutes here - maybe 10! But tonight she threw a tantrum that lasted until bedtime.
I read that biting is relatively common, and upwards of 1 in 4 kids will bite at some time. I read that it is not a future predictor of behavior and it should pass. But here's the thing - Annie just turned 16-months-old - girlfriend isn't getting a big vocabulary anytime soon! And, I swear, that girl is getting sly. She has a wild streak. Last night at the grocery store she took things from the cart and dropped them on the floor. I yelled at her - firmly and clearly - and each time she gave me this look that said, "Yeah? What are ya gonna do about it?" I have a 16-month-old going on 16; lord help me.
|One word: TROUBLE.|