Friday, January 6th, 2012
Somewhere between an outdated Mike Tyson joke and a sarcastic reference to the Twilight series is the knowledge that today, my 13 month-old bit two other kids at his daycare.
How was I supposed to respond when my wife told me about it?
A) Oh no! Not our son! WHAT DO WE DO?!
B) Well… well… I didn’t teach him to do that? Did you?
C) Alright then, tonight when I get home I’m going to sit him down and have a serious talk with him. Plus, his punishment will be that he can’t play with our cell phones for a week!
What was my actual response? I laughed. Yeah, I’ve already established the fact that I have this unfortunate habit of encouraging my son’s bad behavior by laughing and applauding him for it. But seriously, it’s not like he bites us.
So where did he learn to bite his peers?
Maybe from them. Maybe he’s just trying out his newly received teeth?
Or maybe he’s just a baby and that’s just one of the weird things some toddlers do? That’s my vote.
Am I supposed to feel guilty that my son bit two of his friends today? Should I feel some urge to further explain or research his behavior?
Nah, he’ll be fine.
Or will he… now that he has a taste for true blood? (Insert clever Twilight reference here.)
Image: Red apple with bite, via Shutterstock.