When I picked Miss M up from preschool yesterday, one of her teachers said that there had been an incident during the day. She said it so casually that I thought it was going to be no big deal. From the way she phrased it ("there was an incident, but we took care of it"), I also expected that something had happened TO Miss M.. I even turned to look at her, unconcerned because she's a tough little cookie, and she seemed fine.
That's when the teacher dropped the bomb that she BIT another child during the day, when the child had tried to take a toy from her. I was aghast.
The teacher had a written report prepared, and I had to sign off on it. Or preschool has a policy that kids who bite multiple times are expelled.
I at a loss as to how to prevent it from happening again.
She is not a biter. She's never been a biter. I have no idea wherein this is coming from. I am horrified.
She and I had a long discussion about it last night. I love this age. She is both honest, and able to recount what transpired. Apparently, it was time to clean up, and she was not cleaning up. The other child took a toy from her, in an attempt to follow the rules and clean up, and Miss M didn't like that, so she bit her. Argh. She was very remorseful, but I just don't know where to go from here.
She seems to be having a bit of a hard time lately, and it seems to have been brought on by the fact her sister now attends her daycare. Before, it was our thing, Miss M and I, but for the next couple of months we have SB there, too, while my husband takes some classes. I didn't expect this reaction, but she's become clingy and wants only me. She has had some outbursts at home, too. But nothing like the biting. Jeesh.