Stop the Fighting & Biting

A Book Review from the Library Journal

May 15, 2013

“Biting is perhaps the single worst atrocity of toddlerhood. It brings out primal defense mechanisms in the parents of the victim and horrific shame and sadness in the perp’s family. However, it is a relatively common occurrence that receives little more than a nod in most parenting books. Poelle has a wealth of professional early childhood education experience that she brings to this topic, and here she gives parents and educators a step-by-step look at the biting tendency: what is normal child development, why some children bite, case studies of biters, and forms and worksheets for progressing through the problem. From identifying triggers to recognizing the impact of delayed language skills to working with both sets of parents, Poelle provides a wealth of practical, informative advice covering everything from developing empathy to soothing a hurt and frustrated child. VERDICT: Child care workers, parents and colleges and universities with early childhood development programs will all benefit from this text. A timely and underrepresented contribution to the literature. Poelle should be commended for providing solid solutions to what feels like the “crime of the century” in parenting. Earnestly recommended.”

Stop the Fighting & Biting

“Working as the child care center director of numerous programs, I have consistently used Lisa Poelle’s advice to assist me in tackling myriad challenges. I can highly recommend her book to both early childhood educators and parents.”

Joan Campanella-Shutt

Child Care Center Director
San Diego, CA

Stop the Fighting & Biting

“Wow! Great book! Parents and teachers get a better understanding of why young children resort to hurting each other, plus effective, concrete ideas to prevent and respond to these problem behaviors.”

Lauren Kuehn

Director, Green Hills Pre-school
Los Gatos, CA

Stop the Fighting & Biting

“A must-have book for parents and teachers of young children. . . . The examples of actual situations and customized solutions clearly illustrate how to use this method with children of different ages. A great tool for anyone living or working with young children!”

Stephanie Dockweiler, M.A.

President, QS2 Training and Consulting
New York Metro Area, NY

Stop the Fighting & Biting

“The Biting Solution offers sound advice about how to eliminate hurtful behavior . . . which is often misunderstood and not always respectfully extinguished…. A must-read for childcare providers, parents of young children, and parents of twins.”

Dianne Thomas

Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist
Twins Specialist, And Parent Educator
San Mateo, Ca

Stop the Fighting & Biting

The Biting Solution, is a great “guide-by-your-side” kind of resource that offers a wealth of information in an easy to read and accessible way. It’s surprising that a book with such a specific focus, can have such broad applications; this book could be used for a variety of challenging behaviors, with a variety of populations. Ms. Poelle’s approach and strategies demonstrate not only on a solid knowledge of early childhood development, but also a terrific grasp of how adults learn, giving them the tools they need to help children make changes that are effective and genuine.”

Susan Einbender

Parent Advisor, Early Intervention
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf