Pre- Pre-School


 

For the last several weeks,  my wife has been having some issues with Haru’s bad behavior.  Haruka has picked up a bad habit of hitting and biting.  And no amount of scolding from my wife helped matters much.  As a matter of fact, Haru seemed to mock her by either screaming back or just plain ignoring her.

Last night Haru decided that she wanted to bite me.  Even though her teeth are still baby teeth, they do pack a lot of power to point where it is quite painful.  So when she did bite me, I wasn’t going to have any of it and scolded her for it.  However, her reaction to my scolding was quite rude.  It was as if I did scold her at all.  She simply just turned away from me and starting watching TV.  Again, I wasn’t having any of it.  I wanted to be certain that she understood that biting and hiting were wrong and that she doesn’t do it again.  So, I took her and pointed her towards me until she was looking at me again.   This wasn’t easy and it took a few tries because she’d rather be watching what was on TV rather than listening to me scold her (which was understandable of course).

Eventually, I got her look at me and maintain eye contact.  I firmly scolded and made it absolutely clear that I wasn’t happy about her biting me.  Unlike my wife,  I didn’t use baby language to explain my point, but rather firm eye contact, and I elevated my voice a bit (not yelling though).  I could tell she was getting the point (or at least she new I was upset), because her she got very quiet as opposed to rambling back at me like she does with my wife (I guess this is her version of talking back), and she maitained eye contact.  She did try to walk away once, only to be greeted by me grabbing her and setting her down in front of me again.

She started to pout and looked as if she wanted to cry, but was desperately trying to hold it in.  This is the first time I’ve ever seen her do that. She’d usually just cry or throw a tantrum when she’s unhappy, but this time she looked as if she really didn’t want to cry.   So at this point, I knew that she was sorry for what she had done.   Hopefully she won’t forget this lesson.

Today, Haru starts her pre pre-school.  It’s more like daycare but only with the parent present.  Its basically just a class to  give her a chance to get out of the house, interact with other children her age, and do some activities.  It’s only once  a week, but it should be good for starters.

 

Haruka posing in front of the mirror

Haruka posing in front of the mirror

Haruka posing in front of the mirror

Haruka posing in front of the mirror

Finally, an “in your face” shot

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