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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 08/16/2011

Teaching a toddler not to bite

From elsewhere in The Post: An 18-month-old girl has made a game of biting, but her parents don’t think it should be played.

“How should we handle this biting problem? Our daughter stays at home with her nanny for now, but I worry about the things that could happen in preschool or in another child-care situation. She’s going to have a lot more teeth pretty soon,” the letter writer tells advice columnist Marguerite Kelly.

Kelly advises the parent to “use body language, a quick wit and a firm resolve” to solve the problem and to briefly ignore the toddler after she bites. “If attention is the best present you can give your child — and it is — your inattention is the greatest punishment,” Kelly says.

Kelly will answer more parenting questions Thursday at noon. Submit questions now.

By On Parenting  |  12:14 PM ET, 08/16/2011

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