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My dander is up

June 13, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
I'm having a hard time with something and need your thoughts, please. What do you do when your child is bitten at daycare?

Three weeks ago and then again yesterday, I received an "accident" report that Emma had been bitten. The first time it was on the finger because she had taken a toy away from the boy. Yesterday the note from the aide said: "Child bite her for nothing." (The grammar issue is another blog!)

I have talked to the supervisor, and she assured me the boy is being closely watched today, and she also is meeting with the boy's mother today. (Emma's only there on Thursdays, so I didn't have to worry sick about her today -- but I worry about the other kids!)

The supervisor said if "Hannibal" bites today, he gets sent home. If it continues to be a problem, he will be asked to leave for two weeks. Upon his return, if it happens again he will have to leave the center for good.

That's a decent policy. Emma herself went through a biting phase, so I understand stuff happens. She's no angel -- she hits and pushes and takes children's toys away. These children are 2, after all.

Nonetheless, Emma talks about being bitten every time we talk about daycare. When we pulled up outside the building yesterday, she says "He won't bite me today, OK, Mommy?" I assured her he wouldn't. When I saw the red oval of teeth marks on her arm last night I wanted to die!

Is there any sense in pulling her out of one daycare and taking her to another? Doesn't every every center have its "Hannibal"? And this center has a really low child-teacher ratio, so I would imagine she's better off there.

Rationally, I know everything is being done by the center that can be. It's just so hard when it's YOUR kid that's the chew toy!


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