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Lyra and Ripley at the table.
My precious biting daughters.

Word of the Day: Mortification

My daughters bite. At first, it was only Lyra. She started biting at about one year old, in response to her sister pushing her. Ripley never bit her back and would only cry. Now suddenly, Ripley is biting, too. Twice, she has bitten a younger child in a class situation. Both times, the parents were very understanding, but I have never felt such mortification. It is always a younger child, or a new person that she bites. I’ve been reading up on the biting child—she’s in the exact age range when it happens: 18 months – 2 1/2 years. We’re doing what you are supposed to do when your child bites—give the hard, clear “no,” and remove her from the situation immediately so she knows it’s “bad.” Still, it’s very hard and worrisome. They’re still so young, and I know it’s a form of communication since she hasn’t enough words to say what is the problem. Lyra has yet to do it to anyone but her sister, and I pray it stays that way. A good friend of ours had a daughter who was a biter until she was almost three years old. She eventually learned not to, but it wasn’t easy for them. My heart aches for Ripley and what it will be for all of us to get through this phase if she keeps it up. Marty has a better attitude about it—there will be discipline issues of all kinds; get used to it. I guess I was always the “good girl” and expect mine to be the same. Duh. Welcome to parenthood.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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