The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
There are many ways your child can show her anger, but biting is one way that is not acceptable. Toddlers who are still learning to talk may bite to express their
excitement or frustration, but it should be addressed immediately. If
your child bites someone, let her know that biting is not okay. A
prompt time-out can help her understand that biting is not an acceptable
behavior. Although young children have little natural self-control,
show your child how to express her anger through words, not acts of
aggression. Help her learn the difference between expressing herself
versus acting out physically in anger or frustration. As your child
learns and demonstrates these valuable coping skills, watch closely and
praise her efforts. If these simple disciplinary measures do not seem
to work, talk with your pediatrician to see if there are other issues
that may be behind your child’s aggressive behaviors.