Why has my 5yr old Daughter started being a "Cry Baby"??!! And how do I stop it??

Terra - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned five at the end of this last month. She started Pre-K this year and has become a complete cry baby. She cries over the least little thing. Her three year old sister (almost four), was playing with her the other day and they were popping off little things back and forth and the little one told her she had fat toes... which completely threw the five year old into a full blown crying frenzy. She is not aggressive and she doesn't get mad, she just cries over everything! Her daddy ran to the store this evening and she cried. I told her ten minutes before supper that I wasn't going to stop everything I was doing just to fix her a glass of water, she could have some with supper, she cried. Anything that doesn't go her way or she gets told no, she cries... all the time! This is becoming a problem. We can't even go eat lunch at school with her because she cries when we leave! Is this an age/stage type thing, will this pass, or is there something underlying, that we need to help her with. She's just so emotional! Thanks for any help!

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Angie - posted on 11/03/2009

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She's had a lot of change in her little life. Starting school is very stressful. Be patient and remember that she is probably exhausted from the change.

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kids go through many stages at her age she is aware of what feelings r and knows how to express them. she is going through different routines and a new enviroment so be patient and soon the next stage will be starting. its new to u and her

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It sounds like an adjustment phase. We are just finishing one with our nearly 4 year old (her favourite Kindergarten teacher retired and the next favourite is not allowed to work anymore because she just found out she's pregnant).
Give her lots of cuddles and reassurance, but find the fine line between letting her know everything is fine and reassurance being a 'reward' for crying.
If it still carries on after about a month, see the doctor to make sure there isn't another underlying cause.

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