By Diane Ako
Kids are so violent. I never quite realized when I was childless, how much children bite. Other than having my head proverbially bitten off now and then, I haven't ever been literally bitten, that I can remember.
Olivia came home with a note from school documenting why she had a bandage between her fingers. I don't know if you can read it.
It says Olivia and another child were "arguing over a wagon, the other child then said I'm going to bite you, then Olivia said 'Try.' Then the other child bit her between the fingers."
This is the first time Olivia's been bitten at school (maybe second - it doesn't happen often). She is not a biter.
So I'm not really concerned, though WebMD.com adds more perspective on these four year olds who are biting: "After age three, children usually bite when they feel powerless or scared, such as when they are losing a fight or think that they are going to be hurt by another person. Children older than three who frequently bite other people need to see a doctor. Biting at this age may be a sign that a child has problems with expressing feelings or self-control."
Reading the note made me wide eyed in amazement, before I let out a laugh. I could totally picture this little schoolyard incident. It's the succinct, wacky, threatening dialogue. It's the slight pidgin accent I presume in the retort "Try."
Can you even imagine if adults went around solving our workplace issues like this? What I picture in my head is SNL-skit random hilarity.