No, I’m not about to recommend a cute children’s book… I’m talking about Charlie’s baby bestie in class… the biter.
I got a voicemail from the administrator at Charlotte’s school at around 11:45 this morning (about 15 minutes before I typically arrive on Fridays – I go early on Fridays for the weekly school song session). The voicemail went something like this:
Hi Melissa, it’s [the school administrator]. I um wanted to check in with you and talk with you if you have a few seconds to call me that would be amazing. Hope all is well and I’ll talk to you soon. Buh Bye.
Instantly here’s what went through my head:
- I’m sure she’s okay. That’s too weird of a message and doesn’t sound urgent at all. But weird…
- Shit, am I about to get yelled at for sending Charlotte to school when she’s sick? (I was debating keeping C home today because of her cold/cough, but ultimately decided to send her because she seemed fine and didn’t have a fever.)
- Oy. I wonder if she did something naughty… or did she get bit? Ugh. She was pretty crabby this morning. Maybe she was being mean.
- I wish the administrator would call me back…
I got to school right around noon and lingered in the car for a few minutes. I was feeling nervous that I/Charlie & I were about to get reprimanded. (High school all over again.)
I walked straight into the administrator’s office who jumped up and said, “Everything is okay! Charlotte is okay, but I want to grab Carolyn (C’s teacher) to talk to you.”
Charlotte’s teacher, who I absolutely adore, came in and explained to me that during gym class, she and one of the teachers were dealing with a situation between a few of the kids and the third teacher was working with another student. Charlotte was playing/crawling through a play gym when Chloe “attacked”… she bit Charlotte’s poor cheek. The teacher tried to break it up as quickly as possible, but because they were in this little play gym thing, it was a little difficult to get a hold of the situation.
Regardless, Chloe was immediately removed from the situation and little Charlotte was taken to get cleaned up and iced. She has a tiny area of broken skin and her face is puffy (and looks to have a bruise forming).
Poor little babes. Not a fun addition to her cold.
The teachers are going to be working with Chloe and keeping Chloe and Charlotte apart until they can get a handle on Chloe’s little outbursts. She’s such a sweet little girl. I honestly think that her lashing out on Charlotte purely stems from her wanting to be Charlotte’s friend and not being able to express herself.
Regardless, Charlotte will survive… she is in fact the ULTIMATE tough girl 🙂
That’s terrible! Her poor little cheek. Hope they can figure out how to redirect her energy so they can be besties again!
P was “attacked” last week at a play place when some random older child (she looked huge so maybe 4-5.. old enough to know better) came up and placed her hands around Palmer’s throat and squeezed. Luckily I was able to quickly intervene and remove the child from P. The girls nanny came over a couple minutes later. I spent the next 20 minutes trying to get this kid away from P while the nanny sat staring at her phone. The worst.
Shut up!! That’s horrible! Poor little P. Charlotte’s cheek definitely looks rough, but she has such sensitive skin. It’ll be interesting to see what it looks like when she gets up from her nap.
I can imagine! It looks so bad in the photos so I’m imagining it’s 10x worse irl. Hope the little cough/cold goes away quickly!!
That is horrific, your poor little girl. I think your perspective is very admirable, I hope I’m
as reasonable if this happened to my child 😉
Thank you! Honestly, I feel bad for Chloe’s mom. I’m sure it isn’t easy. Luckily Charlotte is a tough cookie! She seems pretty unphased and it’s already looking better than earlier.
Yes it would always be worse if your child was the biter! I’m pleased she’s on the mend. It sounds as though her teachers are onto it. We had a similar situation and they did the same thing, eventually the biter was able to play nicely with my daughter and they became friendly – as opposed to my daughter putting her hand up to the other little girl and telling her to stop or walk away (embarrassing)
How long did that take? How old was your daughter?
It probably started when my daughter was 18m but from the time she was 2 they became more friendly. The other little girl was maybe 3m younger
You are so tough! I’m sure I would have freaked out. But on the other hand, I think you’re handling this really well, because kids will be kids. They have to learn, and – at this age – it’s tough (as you said, they don’t quite know how to express themselves). I’m glad that Charlotte is tough! And that Chloe the Crab will be kept away from her for a little while… 🙂