Today when I picked up our (soon to be 3 year old) son Jacob from pre-school, I wasn't expecting this...
'I'm really sorry to say but Jacob has bitten another child today. '
My face hit the floor.
As she is telling me this I have my son in my arms after greeting him with a big kiss and a cuddle, and he is constantly kissing my cheek, in a very cute but, I know I've done something wrong mummy, kind of way!
I can't apologise enough, I say. She adds to my horror when she says it left a bit of a mark on the other child.
I look to Jacob who by this time is running around the class with a big grin on his face.
'But he doesn't do it at home I protest', and I say I'll have a talk to him and say sorry once more.
This is the second time he has done this!
I leave feeling like the entire staff think I'm a bad mum after what my son did.
As we leave pre-school and head home, he wants to be more independent by not wanting to hold my hand and to walk on his own.
Yeh right, no chance little man, as I tighten my grip on his little slippery like a snake hand. He's wanting to open the car door and climb in himself, all well and good but I have the sneaky feeling if I let go, he's going to make a run for it. Not good when you're near a main road! I let him be as independent as is safe and he's happy with attempting to climb into his car seat by himself.
When I fasten him into his seat, I say 'Did you bite someone at school today?' He looks right at me with his big blue eyes and says 'Yes, sorry mummy'.
I then look at him and explain it's not very nice to bite other people and it hurts.
I know he loves school (even though he's only been going since September, and only goes for three morning a week), so I say to him, 'You can't go to school if you bite people'.
I can see him taking the information in, so after my firm telling off, I leave him to think about it and we drive home in silence.
When we arrive home, as soon as I open the door to get him out, he says 'Sorry mummy' again.
He is so different to our daughter Amber, who is seven years older than him. We never went through this with her. Our children have such different personalities. Which is great of course, but this is new for my husband and I to cope with our little monkeys behaviour.
I can hear lots of mums and dads now saying 'It's just a phase, he'll grow out of it'.
Let's hope so, very soon eh!