Now, I may be overstepping my boundaries here, and I am sorry if I am but I feel I have to put my 2 cents in.
The other day, my husband and I were walking around one of those huge "superstores" and we heard a child screaming and having a fit! I figured, well, most kids are going to do that sometimes, and I tried to ignore it. But a half an hour later, I turned to my husband and told him to get me out of there before I hunted that kid down and busted it's behind myself! I am the mother of 9 children, ranging in age from 21 down to 7, and NOT ONE of my children ever threw a fit like that in public! (Oh! Excuse me... my 21 y/o daughter did a couple of times when she was about 3-4 and was spanked on our way out of the store each time.) As we were waiting in line to pay, the child and his mother walked by with him still screaming (he was about 5, I'd say) and he was KICKING his mom with almost every step he took! She turned around and told him, "Now stop kicking me and biting me... that hurts!" Did he stop? No.
Now if that was one of mine, I would have calmly left the store and proceeded to bust a bottom end all the way home. I don't think there was anything mentally wrong with this little boy except he was a demanding little tyrannt who was used to getting whatever he wanted.
I also am a Sunday School teacher and the children know what they can and cannot do in my class. They know who the adult is...when did we lose control? I agree with canoehead... time out by the person who was bitten seems a good solution to me.
Show authority to these children, or they will run over you every time! And believe me, I am not above a swat on the behind of a child in my class if they need it. Shoot! As a matter of fact, the parents usually appreciate it! They know the kids aren't running wild in Sunday School!
Sorry to have rambled on so, but unruly children just strike a nerve with me. Sometimes I think the parents need a smack or two also for letting it get so out of hand!
Thanks for letting me vent you all!
*PHEW!* I feel better!