Be firm. Make him understand that biting someone is not acceptable, and that he has to make amends for his misbehavior, says child psychologist Evangeline Alianan-Bautista. Be patient. “Biting is another way of expressing frustration. Toddlers often act quickly and impulsively because they are too young to think of other choices,” Oris explains.
Help him calm down when he’s upset. Give him safe toys to pound and clay to mold. Or let him listen to music, look at a book, or draw. Talk to him. Hug him. Kiss him. Tell him you love him. Some kids bite because they feel ignored.
Geraldine Oris, M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University; education professor, University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig City
Evangeline Alianan-Bautista, M.A., child psychologist, PsychConsult, Inc., Unit 227 Regalia Park Towers, 150 P. Tuazon Ave., Cubao, Q.C., tel. 421-2469