My 7 year old is too bossy

Mary - posted on 01/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a wonderful 7 year old little girl and she is fine with her friends, but can be very bossy when it comes to playing with mommy, daddy, nanny, poppy, and several other adult figures...yes we always give her want she wants, most of the time, and now we can't break her of the habit when it comes to playing with us, it's her way or no way, and she is very persistant...she seems to play okay with her friends, but she just doesn't seem to understand that she can't always have it her way...well that's the short version, any suggestions on how to break the bad habit.

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Katrina - posted on 05/15/2011

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Maybe sit her down and let her know that sometimes you don't like playing that way. try and come up with a way to play her way one day and a way you would like to play the next time, that way you are teaching her to compromise without losing playtime.

Jenn - posted on 05/15/2011

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I feel your pain hun, I spoiled my four yer old son and now he thinks he rules the roost..He has also developed quite the little attitude at times saying things like"So what" and "I dont care!"..I know i am too blame but it is hard to break the habit, however it is doable you just have to be consistent and model the behavior you want them to show..Sometimes the things he says sound just like me..So i really have to watch my tone and attitude when talking to my man, etc and when i am losing my patience..

Lindsy - posted on 05/15/2011

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The fact the she plays fine with her friend tells me that she understands social manners and rules. Just sounds like she needs a good dose of no when needed and then stick by it. She might have a melt down or two , but if you don't teacher her now, how do you think it's going to go when she is 16?

Candyce - posted on 05/13/2011

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"No" is probably the best word to use, lol. She's old enough to understand that she can't always get everything her way, so just explain that to her and follow up on it. Both parents need to stick to their guns on that one - it's essential for balance.

User - posted on 05/13/2011

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I am going through the same thing with my 6 year old, she seems very insecure and bossy, she thinks no one will play her way (which they do) and she says she wont play their way because no one plays her way. I feel lost on how to explain things to her with out hurting her feelings...help...

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2009

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You just have to say No at time's, It is hard but do not always give in or it will be hard in the long run.

Heidi - posted on 01/09/2009

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I have the same problem with my 5 year old girl. I can't wait to hear suggestions!

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