Becky - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )
I have an almost 4-year old daughter who is very spirited and defiant. It seems like every conversation we have is a battle! Given a choice, she demands something I didn't suggest. When told to do something (put on shoes; clean up toys) I have to tell her at least 3 times. By the third time I'm putting her in time out. She constantly talks back to me. I'm correcting her behavior every minute of every day it seems like. I cherish the times when she's sleeping because then I can relax!!! I love her to pieces, and there are plenty of fun times, but the frusterating times are consuming more and more time every day. I'm not opposed to spanking, but it's a last resort. First I verbally correct her, or put her in time out, or take away a toy, etc. Any suggestions???