My Son is a Cannibal

August 9, 2007 at 3:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Sentences you don’t plan to hear:

“If your son doesn’t stop biting kids he won’t be allowed to come back to the Y.”

Maybe I’m a bad parent, but the first thing I did when I heard that was burst out laughing. For one thing, the mental image of shrimpy little 15-month old Robbie walking around and nibbling on other kids is pretty amusing. And then there’s the woman’s reaction to Robbie biting one kid. I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression that kids bite each other now and then. They’re experimental that way. Kids skin their knees; they have tantrums; and they occasionally bite. Threatening expulsion after one incident seems a tad over-the-top. That’s like threatening to put a puppy to sleep after it playfully nips at your finger.

Plus, it’s a little refreshing to see that Robbie is trying new foods.

Not that I condone biting, of course. If we ever catch Robbie biting someone he will be punished to the extent you can punish a 15-month old. We’ve had pretty good success with our discipline techniques so far (knock on wood!), so I don’t see why we can’t nip this behavior in the bud, if there’s even anything to nip. Robbie aims to please; he is typically mortified to discover that he did something that makes mom and dad mad.

Anyway, here’s hoping our little cereal biter doesn’t become a serial biter. At the rate prosecutors are charging kids with crimes these days, little Robbie could find himself with a rapsheet before he’s two.

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Gene August 9, 2007 at 6:32pm

You might just want to enroll him in a Diversion Services program just to be safe. Some Voc Rehab wouldn’t hurt either.

beerorkid August 9, 2007 at 8:00pm

“Plus, it

jwiltshire August 10, 2007 at 4:49pm

Psssh.  I bite people all the time at the Y, they ain’t never kicked me out.

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