Tonya - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
Hi All! So, I have a 7 (as of last week) year old girl who thinks she is in her 20's, unfortunately. I am one of 5 children so my daughter has always grown up around adults. My youngest sibling is 13 and my second youngest is 15 so she has always looked up to them and tried to mimic the things they do. My daughter is a very loving and caring little girl but she has her moments (as do we all).
I made the mistake of giving into her for everything (mostly) up until she was about 6 or so. Well, because of that, she has a hard time listening to me and giving me an attitude. I've tried time out - she laughs, i've tried taking toys away - she says she doesn't care, i've tried a sticker chart with a treasure box - she gets only a few stickers and doesn't care when she can't pick from the box (it's been over a month and she doesn't even bring up the box).
So, after my long story, I guess I am looking for advice on how to teach her to respect me and listen when I tell her to do things (without me telling her 5 times). Any advice would be helpful. My problem is that when I get upset with her after telling her to watch her attitude, she breaks down crying and gets upset with me. She's very good at making me feel bad and I think that's my biggest problem.
Thanks so much! :-)