No I’m not advocating that you go around biting kids. Although from what I remember it seems to work pretty well.
I was about 4 or so and my older cousin(by 5 whole months!) was really into biting.
She bit several people. I’m not sure what kind of punishment she got the first few times. She even bit her mother once I think.
But then…she bit me. On the arm. Hard. I mean really hard. There were deep tooth marks. She almost drew blood.
It hurt. I remember that I screamed and cried.
My aunt was really upset and mad. She grabbed my cousin and bit her arm. Pretty hard. My cousin cried.
My aunt told her that she was gonna bite her back every time she bit someone else. As far as I know she never did it again.
Personally I thought that was perfectly justified…after all it seemed only fair. And it worked.
These days my aunt would probably be arrested for child abuse. Not sure if “they” would want to punish my cousin in any way for biting someone else but children should not be allowed to keep on hurting other people either.
How would you handle a situation like that? What do modern parents do to keep kids from biting?