Amanda - posted on 06/25/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
I have a 6 year old who was the youngest in her 1st grade class. She is by all rights an only child. (other siblings are much older and live with their mother) These past few weeks she has been very sensitive. It started out with I don't have any friends. I expressed my thoughts with her teacher and she was so shocked that Meaghan would say this and asked the kids to show their hands if they where friends with Meaghan. They all raised their hands. Now it is "I am the worst kid there is!" of course this is said while she in crying.
Tonight it all started with I (Meaghan) want to watch a movie. We watched a movie she picked. After the movie I said go get a book and we will read a little bit. She started arguing and insisting on another movie. Well after the 3rd no and explaining we weren't going to watch a movie and to get a book. I say just go to bed. She changes her mind and says I want a book. Me, sticking to my guns. (because I just made my mind up) I told her no because I don't want to give into her I tell her to go to bed. That is when it starts. "I am the worst kid. I need to see a doctor and get fixed."
Now I have always talked to her in the eyes and like an adult. I try my hardest to explain everything to her level. But I just don't like nor want her to say those kind of things about herself. I want her to have a high self-esteem. I just don't know what to do or say to her when she says this. Why and where does she get this?