What To Do When The Kid That Bites Belongs To You.

Around this time last year, I was receiving a handful of incident reports from Gia’s previous daycare concerning her biting other children. I was really frustrated and fed up so I asked my Facebook friends and family if they had any ideas on how I should help her. Some of them were:

  1. Tell her to stop biting. ( Duhh… I had been doing that.)
  2. Put her in time out. ( That doesn’t work for my baby or it’s not being used correctly at daycare.)
  3. Reward system. (Tried it.)
  4. Shadow her at school and see what’s going on. ( Her previous daycare wouldn’t allow it! That was a red flag and why I yanked her out of there.)
  5. Read books about not biting and give her a word or phrase to express her feeling. (DING DING DING! THIS WAS THE WINNER!)

I mean really! My two-year-old is a chit chatting machine and she understands very well. So that’s what did.

In the living room, near her toys, we posted a “Feelings” poster. We have been using this as an educational tool to help her express what she is feeling inside. We also checked out some books on biting and expressing our feelings.

She now has several phrases and better actions that she can use to express herself. We went over a phrase and an action for what she could do when she gets upset. I told her to put her hands up and say, “Stop it.” She utilizes this one very well, even with me, her mother! Haha! And you know what I do, most of the time, I listen. I listen because I want her to feel like she is heard and that she is important.

Therefore, my suggestion to you, the Mama with a little who is biting kids, is to give him/her a word. Give them an action that they can use instead. Correct the behavior. Don’t just spank them or yell at them and tell them not to do that. Show and tell them what to do instead. Show them that by talking and using an action, other than biting, gets the same results without hurting anyone.

Good luck!

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40 Days Of Prayer | Day Three

Pray and ask God that your would enjoy this journey called Motherhood.


Dear Lord,

Thank you for this amazing opportunity and blessing to be a mother. I could not have asked for something so valuable to ever happen to me. I love being Gia’s mom. She is definitely a gift from you.

I pray that I would be content in this part of my motherhood journey. I pray that I would make the most of the time that I am spending with just her and I. My heart breaks because she is starting to realize that she does not have a dad. I pray that you would send the man that is to be my husband and who is to her dad soon.

I pray that when he comes that I would know him . Until then, help us Lord. I know that you ARE her good good Father! I know that you are bigger than any earthly man with the title “Father”. I know that you love her and I so much more than any man ever could. Thank you Lord.

I pray that you would give me the strength to be the best mom that I can be for my child. I thank you for providing for us, I thank you for keeping us safe. You truly are everything that we need.

Lord, please watch over the mother reading this right now. You know what is on her heart and mind today. You know what she needs. I pray that you would meet her right where she is at. I pray that you would let her know that she is a good mom and a blessed mom. I pray that you would give her the strength and the energy to press on when she wants to give up. I thank you for her. I thank you for her child/ren.  I pray for protection over them.

We thank you God and we ask that all of these things be done in Jesus name, amen.

40 Days Of Prayer| Day Two

Pray and ask God that you would have a divine encounter today.


Dear Lord,

I pray that I would encounter you today in such a way that I have never before. I pray that I would be alert to your presence. I pray for those struggling to find their purpose in life.  I pray that you would turn the light bulb on and that they would have an idea about what they are put on this earth for. I pray for the mama that may be having a difficult time with her child/ren today God. Meet her where she is at, let her know that she is not alone, let her know that everything is going to be OK. I pray that you would give her the strength to push through. I pray that you would dry her tears. I pray that you would hear her cry. I pray that you would be near that single mama today God. Be everything that she needs. Sit with her Lord. Protect her from all harm and danger. Order her steps dear God. Lead her in the way that she should go. Lord I thank you for what you are doing and for what you’ve already done. Although we are only in day 2 of our 40 Days of Prayer, we have been praying everyday for the last week and we know that we are closer to you today than before. We thank you God. We love that you are so faithful. You are near to all those who call on you and we have been doing just that. Thank you God. We ask all of these things in Jesus name. Amen.

40 Days Of Prayer| Day One

Pray and ask God to help you manage your time.


Dear God,

I thank you Lord for this time that I have right now to pray. I thank you for the time that the person reading this has for them to take a break and relax. I thank you for not being like humans at all! Unlike me or my friends, you are always on time. Thank you Lord for NEVER changing no matter what the time. You are so good and so worthy of our praise.

Lord, I pray that you would help me to use my time wisely. I pray that you’d also help me to be alert and not get overwhelmed or lazy. I pray that I would be productive and know when it’s time to rest.

Your word says that there is a time for everything. So I pray that I would be aware of the time at all times. The time in a spiritual sense as well as  literally.

I pray for my friend reading this, I pray that you would change the way that they utilize their time. I pray that they would be productive as well as know when to rest.

We thank you Lord and we ask all of these things in Jesus name, Amen.

40 Days of Prayer

Today, March 6, we will be starting our 40 Days of Prayer!

Over the next 40 Days I want my life to change DRASTICALLY!  I don’t want to be the same. I need the Lord so bad. I so tired of praying for the same things.

It is time to get serious about our relationship with God.

The word says to seek him first and everything else will be added.

So I am putting my trust in the Lord totally.

I know that God is able to turn things around, and even if he doesn’t right now, he is still good!

Mama, I am praying that you would join me. I am praying that the Holy Spirit would tug on your heart. Sometimes we just don’t have the words to say and I understand that, and  God knows your heart, but let’s try.

Let’s be intentional in our prayer time for the next 40 days. Let’s pray for ourselves and for the country that you live in. Let’s pray and hope for a change in our lives as well as the the lives of those around us.

In Jesus name!


The 40 Days of Prayer Calendar lines up with the March Prayer Journal Prompts so that you are focused and are on the same track.

 

March Prayer Journal |Fruitful

For the month of March let’s focus our prayer time on these specific topics. Today’s topic is “Fruitful”.


Dear Lord,

Your word says that you can tell a tree by it’s fruits. In the same way that we can look at apple and determine that it belongs to an apple tree, I pray others may be able to look at my characteristics and determine that I am a child of God.

Forgive me for not exercising the fruits of the Spirit all the time, and for not even trying to most of the time. I pray that you would help me to repent and to do better.

I pray that you would help me to exercise self-control. I struggle with being impulsive and that behavior gets me into a lot of trouble. I pray that I would be kind and gentle and not harsh and brash . I pray that would be a peacemaker and not a gossiper. Help me Lord to be Holy, set apart, for your glory.

I pray that you would help the person reading this as well. Help them in the areas of the fruit of the Spirit that they may struggle with as well. I pray that you would give them the opportunity to do better. I believe that practice helps and the more that we practice the fruits, the more they will become apart of us.

I thank you for what you are about to do in our lives.

I ask that all of these things be done according to your will.

In Jesus name, amen.

 

March Prayer Journal | Trust

For the month of March let’s focus our prayer time on these specific topics. Today’s topic is “Forgiveness “.


Dear Lord,

Forgive me for my sins. For the ones that I know that I am doing and consistently do, help me to repent and to not do them anymore. Forgive me for the sins that I commit and do not realize is a sin. Open my eyes and correct my steps, in Jesus name.

Lord, help me to forgive others. Your word tells me that if I do not forgive those who have sinned against me, that you would not forgive me.

Help me to forgive myself. Time after time after time I screw up and I miss the mark that I have set for myself. I know that your standards are the only standards that matter.

I pray for the person reading this today. Give them the strength to practice forgiveness as well. Heal their broken hearts. Wash them white as snow. Forgive them for their sins. Help them to repent and never do them again.

I pray that we would be great examples to our children and that we would live lifes before them in a way that is pleasing to you.

I ask that all these things be done according to your will.

In Jesus name.

Amen