Pessimistic Optimism

Life as I see it… sort of.

Twice Bitten, Once Shy

How come a child that avoids eating meat at all costs bit a sibling on the face… twice? 

One of our kids whom shall not be named to protect her innocence, or lack of it, bit our other child yesterday.  It’s something that needs to be rectified, but how?  In the good old days when I was a kid I would get whacked across the face.  In this day and age a parent can be arrested for that.  Another solution from the past was to bite the biter because no one likes to be bitten.  Well, most people don’t like it that I know of.  This is also not acceptable today.  The Help the Children of the World Gestapo would fly in and compare dental records with the bite marks.  If you’re found guilty they give your kids to Brad and Angelina because they would treat them right.

After the first incident, my wife banned the child from all animal playing.  This is usually effective because this kid loves to play with toy animals.  The second incident took place a while later and the hungry assailant was banned from playing with any of her toys.  She could only read books or sit and pout while the other child, now known as the “good one”, played with the plethera of toys displaced all over our house.

The second solution either did the job or built up so much resentment towards the “good one” that we won’t be able to leave them alone in the same room again.  We’ll have to wait and see.  Hopefully when I go home there will be two whole children there.


September 25, 2006 - Posted by | Humor, kids, parenthood, parenting


  1. Little Hannibal Lecter.

    Comment by robodad | September 25, 2006 | Reply

  2. Our pediatrician recommended a light flick on the lips when our son was about a year old and biting us and others. I only had to do it once or twice before he got the message that biting is bad. If an older child is biting though, that’s more of a discipline problem.

    Comment by imhelendt | September 25, 2006 | Reply

  3. Robodad,
    Let’s hope not because we don’t own a glass cell.

    Thanks for the tip or criticism, it was hard to tell if you were helping or judging.

    Comment by linusmann | September 25, 2006 | Reply

  4. Linus-
    Oops sorry. No I wasn’t judging. Mine starting the biting again as a three year old. I was saying that the flick might not work on an older child. We had to do more than the flick when he was older. He had to have time outs and priveledges revoked.

    Comment by imhelendt | September 26, 2006 | Reply

  5. Imhelendt,
    If you read the post after this, you’d see that I can be hyper-sensitive and over reactive. Thanks for the advice. I’m still learning.

    Comment by linusmann | September 26, 2006 | Reply

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