Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Giggler

One of my favorite things about Matilda right now is that if you ask her if she wants something, and she does, she giggles.

A very cute, but excited giggle.

Do you want to eat?
Do you want Mama to read you a book?
Do you want to go to the park?
Want Mama to pick you up?

Giggle. Giggle. Giggle.

It's super cute.

Except, when she does something naughty, like bites you. And you actually yell for the first time ever and the resonse is: Giggle.

Matilda is not a biter. But she is getting teeth and I have to believe that is painful, and therefore biting down on something, anything must feel pretty darn good.

And in general, we haven't "disciplined" all that much yet because so much of her 'naughty' behavior is just innocent exploring that we help direct to better activities.

So when my first real "MATILDA! NO!" said in a serious, forecful tone was met with giggles, I knew right then and there: we are screwed.

Not sure what to do about this except pray pretty hard that she is an angel that doesn't need disciplining, but I am guessing that isn't going to work exactly as planned. In the meantime, I am open to suggestions and am working on a much less 'funny 'response....


Lot 10 Linden Grove said...


Schulz Family said...

Biting is really common during teething. Both of our kids bit my shoulder and hands while teething. I don't view it as naughty - it's just them trying to relieve discomfort with counter-pressure. I also got the laughing response at a "no!" - from both kids. What got them to stop was taking away my hand or shoulder and putting them down after saying 'no.' They both like to be held, so that (along with telling them "ouch!" was enough to get the message across....eventually. Or maybe they just stopped teething. Either way, neither kid has bitten anyone else (other than one recent incident with Ev and Grayson - sibling rivalry, ugh). Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Vicki giggles like that too when I ask if she wants to go to Menards...
Uncle Todd

H.Maxwell said...

bite her back :)