Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.


Don’t Bite Me!

We are now in a phase that I don’t remember going through with Wesley.  Kayleigh has started with a yucky habit.  She is biting and it isn’t just her food or her toys.  She is biting her brother—and very hard!  So far, she hasn’t broken the skin, but she does leave a pretty rough looking bruise.

The only thing that I can figure is that she is teething and possibly getting her first molars in and perhaps that is why she is biting.  Maybe I am looking for a reason and there really isn’t one?  The toughest thing is I am worried that she is going to get kicked out of daycare if she does it at school.  So far, she has only done it at home and to her brother, but who’s to say it won’t happen elsewhere?  The next question is “How do I get her to stop?”

Some other mommy friends have suggested some things that may help.  One suggestion was to put a little bit of apple cider vinegar on her tongue right after she does it.  The apparent disgusting taste of the vinegar would then deter her from doing it again.  The other suggestion is to bite her back so that she knows how it feels.  Honestly, I really don’t like either of these suggestions.

For now, I have left my husband deal with it because it breaks my heart to “discipline” her and hear her upset when I know she doesn’t understand.  I also know though that if she doesn’t start learning right from wrong that it will only make it harder as she gets older.

Did your child go through a biting phase?  Did you use one of these suggestions to stop it or do you have some more that may work?  Please share!!

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