Molly - posted on 03/28/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
My daughter is 5 1/2 yrs old in kindergarten. She is extremely bright and social. My only problem is that when she is doing/has done somethiong potentially dangerous and I try to explain to her why, she goes into hysterics. Like, mortal danger hysterics. Shrieking, crying, plugging her ears, screaming "dont tell me anything scary!" For example, just the other day, she stuck a jingle bell up her nose. We managed to retrieve it, and the event istelf made her cry, especially when she discovered her nose was bleeding. When I tried explaining to her it was dangerous and if we hadn't gotten it out she would have had to seen the dr., she FREAKED out. Keep in mind it was 9pm and she was screaming like her life depended on it! We couldnt calm her down. Are these kind of responses over such minor things normal? On one hand it bothers me to see/hear the pure terror in her. On the other hand, I worry that the whole neighborhood can hear it and, god forbid, think something is terribly wrong. So, how do I explain consequences to her without this horrible reaction? How do the rest of you with 'passionate' children deal with these situations?