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I am the Parent of a Biting Child

Here I am, feeling extra vulnerable and completely defeated. For the last month I've started going to the gym 2-3 times a week and leaving my kids in the childcare center my gym offers. This week Turner, now 3 years old and short for his age, was written up for biting another child. This is a problem we've had before, and I thought he was past it until this incident. I had a long talk with him about how it's not okay to bite others because it hurts them. I told him we need to use our words to express how we're feeling, and if a child isn't listening to you to talk to an adult. I asked him to promise me not to bite anymore and he agreed that he would not.

Well, today I took them to the gym again, and we had another biting incident that Turner was written up for. I left feeling humiliated and frustrated. As I was strapping him into his carseat, I told Turner that behavior was unacceptable and that we need to use our words to express how we're feeling. As I tried to get him to understand me, I started crying. I hugged him and pleaded desperately that he would not bite anymore. 

I was fuming the whole drive home with every range of emotion. Embarrassment, guilt, sadness, frustration, desperation, anger, defeat, confusion. I was completely at a loss of how to teach my son to express himself in a healthy way. I was thinking about how frustrated the other children, childcare employees and parents must be with my child and me. I've only ever seen him try to bite someone when they are taking something from him or making him feel threatened, but that doesn't make it okay. It's never okay. They told me that if it were to happen again, he would be suspended for several weeks. 

Working out at the gym has become so amazing for my mental and physical well being. So much so that being suspended would be absolutely devastating to me. Turner doesn't understand that. I've told him that going to the gym means a lot to me and that I would be sad if we couldn't go anymore, but that doesn't really matter. I just want him to understand that it's not okay to hurt others.

I've been googling, you-tubing and researching all the ways I can teach my child to stop biting. I did a few role playing exercises with him where I pretended I was a child trying to take his toy from him, then walked him through how he was feeling and how to express it properly. I'm doing everything I can to teach him that it's wrong, and I feel like I am failing. 

I messaged my husband to let him know it had happened again. He called me and we talked about our frustration and disappointment over the situation. We discussed different strategies like watching videos with him, reading books, and singing songs that teach him not to bite. He told me he knew we could work this out, and that we can get through anything together. <3 

I spent the next two hours playing with Turner as the baby napped, and he didn't show any type of aggression. He was communicating in a healthy way, compromising with me when there was something I didn't want to do and sharing with me really well. That's when I realized how self centric I had been throughout this whole situation. I didn't really think about how Turner was truly feeling, but about how his choices were effecting me and the people around him.

I knew he was reacting out of anger or frustration, but I didn't really think about how he may have been feeling going to childcare in general. Turner has only started playing in big groups since I joined the gym, and he is not used to that at all. We usually stay home during the week where he deals with his little brother, a 10 months old who is just learning to crawl around and play himself. He also attends a nursery during church once a week for a couple hours that has about 15 children, but it's usually less than that. Other than that he doesn't get a lot of exposure to groups of children.

The childcare center, however, can have up to 25 children and 5 infants at the same time (30 total), while there are usually only 5-6 employees. That's about 5 kids per adult. I only have 2 kids of my own, and that's a lot for me to handle. The employees can't watch every child at all times. It's not possible. They are doing the best that they can to ensure every child is taken care of.

Turner really thrives on adult-child play, which he's not getting. He also thrives on one-on-one and small group interaction and I'm sure he's getting overwhelmed with such a large amount of children in the same space. He is trying to deal with it the best he can. And unfortunately that's with his teeth. I wish the 10 million times I told him that biting isn't okay was enough. I wish I could be there with him every second to reinforce his good behavior and guide him through proper emotional expression. But if he's not emotionally ready to be with a big group of kids without my constant supervision for an hour, then he's not ready. AND THAT'S OKAY.

I'm going to continue doing everything in my power to teach him what behavior is okay and what's not. That's all I can do. So if your child is biting, know you are not alone and that the struggle is real. Keep loving them and teaching them the best way you know how. Talk to your spouse, family members, friends, your pediatrician, and anyone else you trust for other resources to help you. And if you're child is the victim of a biting incident, or a childcare employee, please try to have empathy for the biting child, and their parents too. No parent wants there child to be hurt or to be hurting someone else. Let's all show a lot more love and equally less judgement. We all have our struggles, and right now this is ours.

No Heat Waves with Savvy Curls Wraps!

Ever since I discovered headband curls, I've been hooked. My hair has recently been lightened which leaves it feeling extra dry and brittle. Because of this, I try to use as many no heat methods as possible to help my hair stay as healthy as possible as I grow it out. I've always wrapped my hair around a regular fabric headband while it's barely damp, because it won't curl when my hair is completely dry. And having only one band made it hard to wrap with all of the layers I recently added to my hair. Well, guess what? Savvy Curls solves both of these problems. 

No Heat Waves with Savvy Curls || ADOS || no heat curl method, beauty, style, healthy, hair

I started with dry hair, added a styling product, wrapped my hair around both bands and ended up with beautiful heat free waves after only a couple hours of dry time! Now I'm going to walk you through a step by step tutorial of how I got these waves with my Savvy Curls Convertible Wrap

Pictorial || No Heat Waves with Savvy Curls || How to, tutorial, healthy hair

1. I started with freshly washed and dried hair. Then I added one of my favorite all natural Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion from the mid-shaft to ends of my hair.

2. Once I felt I had covered all of my hair with styling product, I seperated a top section of my crown to reserve it to wrap around the second band. Then I applied my Savvy Curls Wrap around my head. 

3. I started wrapping my hair around the wrap from front to back on one side, then switched to the other side. Once I had wrapped all of the ends around the band several times, I secured it with bobby pins.

4. I let down the hair I originally pulled up, and wrapped it one side at a time. Then secured the ends with bobby pins. 

5. Once I had finished, I took a break to eat some lunch and do some things around the house. Came back a couple hours later and started to take out the wrap. It's easiest if you unsnap the top band first, and then gently pull the other band off.

6. I ran my fingers through the curls to separate them slightly, Sprayed it with a little hairspray, and that was it! I had beautiful, soft, healthy waves in my hair all day long! Even my husband couldn't help but mention how beautiful it looked!


I love that this headband is specifically designed for the purpose of curling your hair. It uses the thermal heat naturally radiated from your scalp to set effortless and healthy curls in your hair! No more waiting ALL DAY for my headband curls to dry, and hello to beautiful bouncy waves in no time at all! You want one too? I don't blame you. It's your lucky day!  Savvy Curls is offering a promo code just for you, my lovely readers! Use code savvyc1 to receive $2 off of your order! 

Do your hair a favor and go get yourself one ASAP.

xo

Signature || Cheree || ADOS
 

*this post is sponsored by Savvy Curls. All reviews and opinions are completely my own.*