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Seven Steps to Ending Biting, Hitting and Other Physical Offences Once and for All

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 29-01-2007

  1. BE PROACTIVE. It’s more effective to redirect youngsters than it is to punish them after the fact.

  2. BE THERE. Don’t give your biters the opportunity to get in trouble. Stay by their side and intervene when you see trouble coming.

  3. BE ATTENTIVE. Respond to the “victim” first. Apologize for your children.

  4. BE CALM. Your children will learn more from this experience if they are reprimanded in a firm but neutral voice.

  5. BE FIRM. Set your children an arms distance away and say to them, “Don’t bite. Biting hurts.”

  6. BE REALISTIC. Have confidence in your children’s natural goodness and in their ability to make positive changes — but expect change to come about slowly.

  7. BE APPRECIATIVE. Praise your children whenever they handle themselves well.