We've been having a little problem with Athena biting her friends at daycare. Okay, honestly... it's just one friend lately. The following is a series of emails between that friend's mom and myself.
Subject: Christmas list for Athena
From: Friend's mom
1. A sports mouthgard
2. One of those cones they put on animals after surgery
3. Lots of peanut butter
4. Picture book version of "How To Win Friends and Influence People"
5. Some fava beans and a nice Chianti (why stop at one course, when you can have the full meal?)
Don't worry Aiden still loves his Athena. We are considering picture books on how to deal masochism for him. ;-)
Like I told your husband this morning... she only bites the ones she loves. So Aiden should feel honored. :-)
Besides, perhaps this is her way of teaching him to stand up for himself. Tough love and all.
Or, it's just her initiation ritual so he can officially be a part of her posse.
On the flip side, she totally wanted to do whatever Aiden did yesterday morning, adding another ten minutes to my tardiness to work while she poked at Chocolate Chip the Bunny.
I'm completely okay with you telling Aiden to bite her back. Or her hand, or whatever happens to be handy.
Of course, one of those cones would be REALLY funny...
By the way, I'm totally posting this email on my blog.
Her reply to me:
My coworker says her cat Belle will be done with her cone (she got fixed last week) in a few days. She also said it was adjustable and that we could have it. So just say the word ...
In the meantime I told Aiden to tell Athena that biting isn't nice. I can't bring myself to ask him to bite someone. That kind of thing could completely backfire. I can hear the judge now, "and your son tells me that you told him to bite the plaintiff."
So when does he get the colored handkerchief as a member of her posse? I'm assuming it is pink or purple with little unicorns in a check pattern. I really don't think John will let him wear it (something about it not being manly) but it would be a nice memento. Or double as a tourniquet to stop the blood flow from the latest bite. :-)
Post away, I'm sure they'll look back and remember it fondly. I know I'll look back and laugh my head off.
So let me just say that I just ordered the little duo a little something something for Christmas that she will love and John will hate. Stay tuned...