At least once a week, Mason is getting bit at daycare. Sometimes two or three times a week, or like yesterday, twice in one day.
The first two weeks it happened, they told me that it was pretty common – the “older” (up to 24 months) kids like to pick on the smallest kids and generally when a new kid starts, that’s where the focus goes to. I jokingly said “Well, at least his buddy A won’t be getting bit anymore!” A has always been a small fry and is probably still Mason’s size and he’s 17 months old. I just figured we’d stick it out until the next kid came along and then Mason wouldn’t be the target anymore.
Yesterday, I came to pick him up and he had TWO incident reports. First he and another kid were playing on the slide and the other kid bit Mason’s hand. I get that, they’re playing, the other kid probably got frustrated, whatever, they’re little kids. But the other report? It said that Mason was sitting with the other kids listening to the teacher read a story and a kid came up behind him and bit him in the arm. He was just sitting there. That makes me so sad :o(
Through a bit of conversation, the teacher said something that made it sound like it was A who had bit him yesterday and that made me sad. It means that A learned to bite other kids from always getting bit himself and leads me to believe that Mason is probably going to pick up the same bad behavior. And it makes me sad to think that Mason use to think the world of A and now he’s being “attacked” by him. I’m probably thinking too much into it since Mason isn’t cowering in a corner or scared to go to daycare or anything, but still….*sigh*
The daycare is doing what they can to prevent biting and discourage it and most of the reports say “just couldn’t get across the room fast enough to prevent it” so it’s not like they’re turning a blind eye to it. Later this month, another kid should move up from the nursery so Mason hopefully won’t be the target anymore, but NOW I’m dreading when he becomes the biter.
So, any advice, experience, etc with little kids being the (repeated) victim of biting or being the biter? Just a phase right? I’d love to hear your experiences :o)
PS – We go for another helmet evaluation this afternoon. Lots of good thoughts please!!