help with my 3 year old daughter out of control

Fatima - posted on 07/20/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 3 year old im a single mom..my daughter dosent see her dad because he dosent look for her at all i have to look for him for him to see her.. im having problems with her she dosent listen she talks back to me or just ignores me i need help and i work 5 days of the week i need help on knowing what to do... please help she dosent listen and when she gets around other kids she fights with all the kids

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Laura - posted on 07/31/2011

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I have found that my daughter acts out to get my attention. For example, during the week when I am home every day playing with her all the time, she is very well behaved. But today I worked for 9 hours and when I got home, she kept scratching my face and screaming. Maybe set aside 20 minutes or an hour every day (or more depending on your schedule) and just set down the phone, laundry, turn of the tv, and just play. Read books, dance, do somersalts, and let her know how incredibly important she is to you. Good luck!

Liyah - posted on 07/31/2011

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1st of all I too am a single mum with a 3yr old daughter who doesn't listen to me also can I ask how stimulated is your daughter? does she enjoy playing? colouring? or running around? I have found that my daughter is extremely happy when she is completely active when there is no room for her to stop and think, my daughter thrives off energetic activities she can't stand quiet activities and in regards to your daughter fighting with other kids you might need to look into why? she is doing it, is it because she's angry? is it because she likes to play aggressively? It can be many things and I am no paedeatrician but feel free to talk to me as I can relate to your situation.

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Kelly - posted on 08/02/2011

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I am a single mother of three, and it is so hard to try to fit everything in. But I agree with Laura, set aside time to just spend with your child that will help a lot. Also if you can get it under control now it will be so much easier. Be consistent with her, and don't threaten. Such as instead of saying "don't do that or you are going to time out" just put her in a time out, and stay consistent. That is something that I did not do, and now I am paying for it. My two younger kids like to run all over me, and now that I am working on making them respect me it is so much harder than it would have been if I would have been consistent from the beginning. I hope this helps :)

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