As a parent who has a child that would bite, I know it can be a frustrating at times. The center that my son attends told us that it is very common for a child at his age to bite. This was good information to know but it still did not make the situation easier. We always wondered on the way to pick him up if he bit another child that day and we would pray it was not the same child as the day before. Our child would bite at least one child a week and it always seemed to be over a toy or his stuffed animal. The poor child he seemed to bite most often was a child he played with all the time. Because they were always together, it proved to be a challenging situation to prevent. The center even tried to separate them from each other but they were good friends and was difficult at times. Shortly thereafter the other child moved to a different and we thought the problem was over. Even though the incidences were less frequent, he still continued to bite. We eventually helped our child from biting other children with some tips we found online and in books. You will find those tips below but first lets look at why a child bites another child or person.
Experts say a child bites for different reasons and some of those reasons can be the following:
* Defending – This seems to be most common form of biting. Since the child cannot speak to communicate their emotions they bite. This can happen if the child feels their space is being invaded or if something is scaring them.
* Emotions – Some children know that biting will cause a reaction and for the most part a bad reaction but they still do it for attention.
* Experimenting – Since children are learning new things everyday they experiment with their mouths. This can happen during a teething period for younger children.
* Frustration or Irritability – Just as the point above, this holds for true for a child who cannot communicate with their words that they are having a bad day.
Let’s look at ways to help your child stop from biting other children. First you do not want to yell at the child or bite the child back. This will confuse and scare the child. By doing any of these things above you are disciplining a child who does not know any better. We never yelled at our child when he would bite another child. We just kept telling him to use his words to express his feelings. Here are some other tips to help you deal with biting.
Attention – Give the other child who was bitten more attention than the biter. This works well for a child who bites for attention.
Avoid – Avoid the situations that could lead to a biting incident. This could be playing a game where you pretend to nibble or any other action that involves putting your mouth on something other than food.
Intercept – Watch the child to see if current actions of emotions could lead to them biting. If you see the child becoming angry or frustrated remove that child from that activity or situation.
Teach – When the child does bite another child, teach the child that is wrong by looking at them in the eyes and saying “No biting It hurts and we don’t bite” Ask them to use their words next time if they need something.
It is important to use the steps above as guidance. If your child goes to a center ask them to help monitor the situation. Most centers have dealt with these issues before. If all else fails, they will eventually grow out it.
Are you wondering how we ever made out? Our son finally stopped biting. I believe that having patience, having support from the employees at our center and using the steps above was a huge help
November 19, 2013 | CCO Staff
With LifeCubby, you can finally build on-line portfolios for your students! Why should we do daycare portfolios? First of all, if your daycare program hasn’t already been doing portfolios for your students, perhaps you need more data about why and how to do daycare portfolios. Research shows that daycare portfolios are an excellent way to track student data and communicate developmental milestones to parents. What goes into a childcare portfolio?
Generally, childcare portfolios contain the following 3 types of items:
• A collection of the student’s work (artwork, early writing samples, math worksheets, etc.)
• 1 assessment per parent-teacher conference
• A collection of ‘developmental journal entries’ (or sometimes they’re called ‘observations’) posted by the teachers. These entries categorize activities into developmental groupings for items such as math, social, science, language, motor, etc. In many programs, teachers are required to generate at least 2 observations per developmental category per student per parent-teacher conference.
If your program does parent-teacher conferences twice per year, that’s a total minimum of 4 observations per developmental category per student per year. Let’s say you use 10 of the developmental categories, then that’s 40 observations (minimum) per year per student. That may sound like a lot of documentation for a teacher with a class of 10 students, but it is increasingly the norm – especially for programs that choose to pursue a national accreditation of some kind.
With LifeCubby 2.0, you can even customize your journal categories to match with accreditation standards or indicators! What about the cost? OK, so now you should be convinced that childcare portfolios are increasingly the standard in early childhood programs! But you might be thinking, “how can we afford to spend the time and money on portfolios?” Well, we have a couple of answers to that question.
Affordability #1: What a huge benefit to your parents it will be when you show them how you’re using LifeCubby! They will love all the parent tools! Today’s younger parents are looking for ‘cool tools!’ Can you see an enrollment advantage?
Affordability #2: If you’re already creating paper portfolios, using the LifeCubby mobile app to upload photos and documentation on the go will be a huge time saver!
Affordability #3: If you’re using LifeCubby instead of paper portfolios, you’ll save $$ on binders, color ink cartridges, photo paper, and card stock or paper!
Affordability #4: Many programs are charging an Annual Portfolio Fee per student as a part of your regular tuition and fees. You use this fee to compensate your program for a portion of your costs in the ongoing compilation of the student’s portfolio plus your assessments plus your parent-teacher conferences.
What about on-line security? LifeCubby is committed to protecting the safety and security of children! We use bank level data encryption technology in order to keep the LifeCubby.me site secure against any unlawful intrusions. In addition, if it would make your parents more comfortable, why not just identify cubbys with each student’s first name and last initial? It isn’t necessary to input a full last name for your students.
Are you hoping to become more “Green”? Soon, LifeCubby will add daily sheets, exposure notices, incident reports, newsletters and text blasting! By eliminating these printed forms, your copier and toner will get a rest! These are just some of the amazing tools that LifeCubby has to offer!
For more information, please visit our website at www.LifeCubby.me
Christine DeSanti Bio: I have been with LifeCubby since the beginning! I am a previous daycare and preschool teacher and then director for 8 years. I have a BS in Child Development from The Ohio State University. I have two children who are 14 and 11. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 9, 2012 | Guest Authors