222: The Number Of The Beast

February 25, 2009 6:00 am

We experienced a blow to our parental egos this week. At the exact moment I speak of, Graham had been alive approximately two years, two months, two days and two hours (give or take half an hour).  I arrived to find Graham in the classroom with the teacher and another kid. The rest of the kids were still happily playing outside on the playground. “Ah, there’s my little troublemaker”, I said. I was actually referring to the fact that he’s usually the playground shitter that forces the teacher to make a special trip inside to change his diaper.

The teacher informed me that yes, he had gotten into trouble today and there was an incident report to sign. It happened while Graham and another kid were waiting to go back to the classroom to change their diapers (see: playground shitter). Graham leaned over and chomped down on the other kid’s arm. He didn’t break the skin but from what the teacher said, he left a pretty nice bruise. His teacher told me that she handled the situation and asked that we talk it over with Graham again to remind him that biting is not ok. She couldn’t say who the other kid was due to privacy reasons but I told her that the crying kid sitting there with the ice pack on his arm was a pretty good giveaway. BINGO. I apologized profusely and signed my incident report quickly since the other kid’s mom was coming in and it was supposed to be anonymous. It was pretty obvious that it was my kid that bit since I was the only other adult in the room and was signing a report when she walked in. Either way, I played dumb and hauled ass with my little barracuda.

I was pretty embarrassed about the whole thing but I was also shocked. Graham’s not a biter, he doesn’t bite at home or anywhere else from what I’ve seen. Elliot has recently started chomping down on her brother so I’m guessing that’s where he picked up on it.  I know it’s common for kids to bite, but it felt pretty shitty to have it be my kid doing the biting. On the way home, I decided to broach the subject with Graham.

Me: Graham, did you bite Nick at school today?

Graham: Mama, I bite Nick! I bite Nick at school!

Me: Biting is not ok. Nick is your friend and we DON’T bite our friends (This is actually a Yo Gabba Gabba song that I was referencing to try to drive home the point). You gave Nick a boo boo and made Nick cry when you bit him.

Graham: Mama! Mama, I bite Nick!!!!! I bite Nick at school!!!!

Me: …..

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  1. WickedStepMom

    Oh man… you know, there is only one way to make this situation worse. And that would be if he was laughing when he said he bit Nick.

    I hope you guys can get this straightened out before Graham decides that this is a good way to resolve his problems.

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..The Wicked Step Mom Toolkit

  2. Wendy

    Aw, Casey. It’ll be ok. If there were a way to find out why he bit him it might help. The bug got caught punching another girl in the face when she was 3.. H3 drove up to the house and saw her down the street.. come to find out the girl had provoked it. Didn’t make it right, but it was easier to get the bug an attitude adjustment when we knew why she did it.

    It’s rough sometimes. But we all live through it. Look at me: only teens left(and only for a couple of years), and I’m a grandmother. I have no clue how I got here.

    Luck and Love. That’s all. Luck and Love.

    Wendys last blog post..Random Tuesday Thought or no, I’m still not telling you what I was doing all weekend

  3. cyndi

    It’s tough, but sounds like you’re handling it great – Jack bit Harry (bruising and all)a few times early, then again recently when he got really jealous. Harry bit ME once to get attention – that was a shocker. Swift consequence and a whole lotta lecture usually works here – as well as another kid biting Jack so he felt what it was like…any chance you can get a ringer in the class 😉

    cyndis last blog post..I’m as daffy as a daffodil

  4. K

    Good luck!

    I think almost every kid bits at some point. I’m just waiting for the call.

    Ks last blog post..My Happy Kid

  5. Petra a.k.a. The Wise (Young) Mommy

    They all do it. I swear. My cuddly, lovable angel has bitten me a couple of time and I was shocked. It’s a rite of passage, I think.

    Don’t worry honey.

    Petra a.k.a. The Wise (Young) Mommys last blog post..(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Atypical Sunday

  6. Michele

    Like everyone above said; they all do it. Sometimes they get so frustrated that this is their only means of expression. Stressing that Graham needs to use his words when he is mad and stern lectures might help. He’s still pretty little but he needs to learn now that this is not acceptable.

    Micheles last blog post..Greeting from Blarney

  7. Cat

    Hey, don’t take it too hard – maybe he’ll be in the next Twilight movie and make mommy rich!

    I still bite people, which is even more awkward. I need to learn that song.

    Cats last blog post..Third Person Confuses Me

  8. DeeMarie

    First, it seems every line on your post/comments has been crossed out? Is it just me? Or is this a problem you’ve recently posted about and I’m so lame I’m catching up on 600 posts today?

    Anyways, I’m sorry that Graham is biting. But on a good note, you’ve taught your son how to be proud of his accomplishments!!

    DeeMaries last blog post..I’m So In!!

  9. Kendra

    My 2 year old was the bitee at daycare and it sucks, but I know he pushes the kids and even though we try to tell him no it really doesn’t hit home…because he’s 2! Hopefully he will grow out of the phase quickly. The other kids that bit my kids class did!

  10. Sarhi

    According to my parents I was a bad barracuda and was kicked out of my preschool for biting. Luckily Monkey has never had that inclination, but I wish you luck.

  11. Peggy

    Sorry Casey…that sucks!


    Maybe you can have Graham make an “I’m sorry” card or something for the bitee…

    I don’t know…2 of my 3 went through this but only on their siblings (thank God)…I feel for ya!

    Peggys last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  12. Michelle

    The guilt would get me too. One thing I have learned from kindergarten teachers, your child could be a whole different kid at school. Meep! Sounds like you’re doing a great job with it.
    I wonder why he decided to bite? Did he just want to see how it felt? Did the other boy say something to him?

    Michelles last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: On Time!

  13. HeatherPride

    Ahhh, two year olds!! Don’t feel bad, they all do it. Especially the boys. I remember when Logan got into a fight at preschool, and I was so upset about it, and my dad (who grew up with two brothers) told me to get used to it!!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..The Secret Life of HeatherPride

  14. Sprite's Keeper

    So, what do we do with our enemies?
    Sprite was bitten on the playground a couple of days ago. No break in the skin, just a nice little reminder that kids have teeth.

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..John Isn’t The Only One Writing My Posts For Me..

  15. Laufa

    My kids are the ones that usually get bit and I have to sign the report and inspect the booboo. Hope he can learn to not bite, the school can expel him for his behavior. Sorry to hear about this mishap.

    Laufas last blog post..Fireproof

  16. Toni

    Oh man! The worse case is that biters outgrow being biters. I am sure that this is the not first biter they have had or there would not be a process in place.

    Ask the teacher what they suggest you do…

    Good luck. Maybe it was a one time thing!

    Tonis last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Hunter help you

  17. Pseudo

    Speaking as the mother of a 16 year old boy, this sounded not so bad. Wait until you go on a family camping trip and the teen boys grab a bottle of vodka off the parent table when the parents are not looking….

    Pseudos last blog post..Fa, fa, fa faaabulous daarling!

  18. ChurchPunkMom

    Now you need to get him a t-shirt that says ‘Watch out, I bite… hard.’

    heh heh..

    Don’t worry, like Petra said.. they all do it. My oldest actually was banned from the church childcare for a while because of his… um.. aggression. It sucks.

    ChurchPunkMoms last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  19. Keli

    When my older angel boy was two, he displayed aggression toward his cousin by grabbing her shirt and trying to toss her around (not in a way to hurt her, but to scare the sh*t out of her). This was an isolated incident and it was because she kept grabbing his toys away from him. My son is not aggressive by nature. His cousin brought out the worst in him that one time. Hope it’s the same for Graham!

    Kelis last blog post..Stupidity, Bulk Bins and Dirty Hands

  20. Sarah

    I am sorry but that is funny He was so proud! And for real your kid just turned 2 and talks that well?? My 2 year old’s birthday was Dec 20 and pretty much all he says is please and cookie. : )

    Sarahs last blog post..Random Word Generator

  21. Ryan

    I’m sorry to hear that. And even more sorry that I know the Yo Gabba Gabba song you are referring to…

    Ryans last blog post..Wordless Wednesday-Magnum, P.I.

  22. Sammanthia

    My kids were never really into biting but there’s this whole “throwing toys” thing that Mark and I never speak of. It’s just too painful. Literally.

    Sammanthias last blog post..Random Thoughts: Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli

  23. Beth

    I just like the way he sounds so matter of a fact about it. Like, “Mom, this is how I roll…I bite Nick”. “You know, she sings, he kicks dirt and I bite Nick”! Hysterical and I agree with the others…they all do it and I never knew any biters once they left elementary school!

    Beths last blog post..Gardening in the Desert

  24. Jenni Jiggety

    Lots of kids bite! It’s very normal and common and as long as you get him his shots it’s all good…

    Jenni Jiggetys last blog post..Wordful Wednesday: Extreme Pup-over Edition

  25. jenni

    Dude, that sucks, but you gotta love how damn proud he seems, like “I totally kicked tht pansy’s ass, mom!”

    jennis last blog post..Thing 1 & Thing 2

  26. mrsbear

    He wouldn’t have done it if you let him watch more Yo Gabba Gabba…I’m kidding. All kids take a chomp every now and again, when Katy was one she bit me on the ass through my jeans and made me cry, I had to tap her on the head like 30 times to get her to let go, the little pitbull. Hopefully Graham’s “incident” was a one time thing and you’ll be spared future embarrassment. And I’m sorry, but the playground shitter thing had me giggling. Toilet humor always cracks me up, soooo mature.

    mrsbears last blog post..Bla Bla and the Blahs – Random Tuesday Thoughts

  27. Cameron

    Although I’ve never tried this, I’ve heard it works on kids and pets….Bite back!! I kid people, relax. 🙂

    Camerons last blog post..Local Blogger Makes It Big

  28. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    Like everyone else has mentioned – all kids go through that stage…and they all grow out of it, too. The Princess Nagger went through it, and while she didn’t bite any other kids, she did bite me once…hard…on the arm…so I’m hesitant to admit it, but I bit her back…not hard, but she got the point. 😉

    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)s last blog post..Wordful Wednesday

  29. Cape Cod Gal

    Sounds like you’ve got a little vampire in the making!!!

    Cape Cod Gals last blog post..It’s Not Personal. It’s Business. (But, I’m Still Hurt)

  30. Kia (Good Enough Mama)

    Aw, what a let down. I was hoping G would say, “No, mama. He’s not my friend. He an asshole.”

  31. Katie

    He doesn’t have rabies, does he? If not, then don’t worry about it.
    Seriously, it sucks when your kids the perp. Here’s to hoping Grahamburger sticks to biting hamburger.

    Katies last blog post..Wordless Wednesday…almost

  32. Becky

    Oh, the guilt! I think every kid bites once or twice. I’m sure he won’t become a serial biter! Hang in there.

    Beckys last blog post..I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream

  33. Lin

    Ok, do you know what’s worse than biting? Licking. My weirdo kid licked some kid in kindergarten. I was soooo embarrassed, I mean, what the heck (I gave up cursing for Lent, remember) is that?!! I was sooo creeped out I actually called a child psychologist.

    Lins last blog post..40 days?!

  34. Sandie

    I’ve been very fortunate…none of my kids were really biters. I had the opposite problem with Angelina…she was constantly being bitten! With her it was repeatedly the same child biting her and eventually the other girl left the daycare (she had some development issues that compounded the problems so her parents eventually just pulled her). Anyway, I knew the parents were horrified and did not in any way see it as a reflection on them or their parenting skills.

    Sandies last blog post..Disney World Here We Come!

  35. Keely

    Ouch, dude, that sucks. Hopefully he doesn’t make a habit of it. X bit me so hard yesterday I yelled and sort of pushed his face off my hand. I think it scared the crap out of him to be honest.

    Keelys last blog post..Biohazard: Random Tuesday Thoughts

  36. Heather

    Ahh…the bitting stage..fun, fun…Mr. K. was my bitter…I truly did try the bite him back thing and felt terrible and well…it didn’t work…so, don’t try that!!! I can’t remember how I got him to stop…probably lots of yelling. When Mr. K. was two he also picked up a 5 pound rock and threw it on top of Mr. P’s head….3 stiches….so, be glad he’s not into that yet!!! 🙂

    Heathers last blog post..My toxic relationship…

  37. Robin

    Hmmm. Is it wrong that I’ve wanted to bite my coworkers when I get pissed too? 😉
    You gotta love his honesty though. Right?

    Robins last blog post..Wordful Wednesday

  38. GreenJello

    All my kids had really strong teething/biting instincts up to 7-8 years old. This is what worked:

    Buy them “chew toys”. I even got some dog ones from PetGigantoStore. (Make sure you wash them really well, though, and that they don’t taste like crap…)

    Give a couple chew toys to the child, and say, “If you want to bite or chew on something, you have to chew on this.” And for every “infraction”, send them off with, “It’s not okay to bite that– go find your chew toy!” Eventually you can say to them, “Are you supposed to be chewing on that?” “Ummm…no….” “What CAN you chew on?” (big sigh) “My chew toy…” And off they go to find it.

    If you give them something acceptable to chew on, it takes care of those teething instincts in a socially acceptable manner.

    It really did work wonders with mine.

    GreenJellos last blog post..Microwaves

  39. carrie

    Beano was a biter. Sent home from school 3-5 times. Just after 3 was when he got over it. Good luck. With Beano it was sensory integeration but we did not know that then.

    carries last blog post..Mike & The Massage….

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