A few weeks ago, I wrote an honest—and a little scary—post on Facebook about my fears that my son Sam, who was then almost two, would be labeled a bully. He was deep into a biting and hitting phase, and I heard another mom at the playground tell her kid to be careful around him.

“You should write an essay about it,” a friend suggested.

My toddler bites and hits. That doesn't make him a bully.

So I did. It was published this morning on the Washington Post’s On Parenting column.

You can read it here!

Thanks as ever for sharing, reading, commenting. Your support keeps me afloat (in parenting, and in writing).


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