Thursday, June 11, 2009

Do Not Be Deceived.

At first glance, she looks like a sweet little girl. But do not be deceived, for while she appears to be all sunshine and roses and sugar and spice, she is not. In fact, her new nickname is "Fang". You got it, "Fang". Turns out, Cameron has a penchant for biting other babies at daycare. Charming. She especially enjoys biting one boy in particular, which I find interesting (I'm sure this little boy's mom has another word for it). Because of Max, I am fairly well versed in the basics of behaviour therapy, so I asked Cameron's daycare teachers what they thought the function of her behaviour was. Meaning, why is she biting? I asked them what she was doing before she bit this little boy, had anything happened between her and this little boy previously? Had he smacked her? Taken a toy from her? Given her unwanted attention? Nope, nope and nope. So far as they could see, Cameron was just biting out of the blue.

Since we all know that kids don't just bite for no reason, I went to the next level. Perhaps she is biting because she is teething? Under the weather? Has a wicked bad diaper rash? Maybe...or maybe this little boy is just especially tasty. Maybe he tastes like barbecue sauce, or rice krispie squares. Maybe he is just the right amount of pudgy and muscle tone to feel really good on her gums as she chomps down on him. I hope word doesn't get out that he is super yummy with the other babies, or there will be nothing left of him. Cameron is home today with pink eye (yeah, great, I know) so the little boy got a day long reprieve from "Fang". Today she is "Princess Goopy Eye". Hopefully I won't be "Queen Goopy Eye" tomorrow.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:08 AM

    That's great Kat....yes!!there is always a reason!!
    Ask them to record their Data and return to you to truly see what happens before she bites, then find the function.
    Teachers don't always see the whole situation unfolding.
    Offer them to use your trusty flip.
    Aw Poor Cameron being labeled the Fang, she's just trying to communicate something to this little boy. Maybe her way of saying I like you. LOL

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  2. Anonymous12:10 AM

    Biting was my kids way of trying to "kiss", when they were Cam's age. Personally, I think she is making her moves on the little man! Good for her for taking the initiative, he's a lucky guy!
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