Sarah - posted on 07/30/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
How do you get your kids to stop whining, accept no for an answer, and not feel the need to get the last word in?
My daughter, age 3, is driving me nuts. Everytime we tell her no, she throws the biggest tantrums. She is very intelligent for her age and has the vocabularly of someone twice her age so it isn't that she can't communicate and gets frustrated. In fact, its quite the opposite. She can find every loophole, she is really creative which also means rather manipulative and crafty in her negotiations... And I love that she never accepts things for face value... great later on in life but right now... she just needs to learn to say yes ma'am and go with whatever the boss says... and thats me, not her.
He first reaction is to whine.. her crayon could drop off the table and you would think her leg just got cut off. I help her by "giving her the response"... example: Hey mom, my crayon fell, can you please pick it up... instead of whatever it is she just did. She always changes her attitude and repeats it the correct way... but how can I get her to react appropriately the first time?
And when I do tell her no more tv, ipad, computer, whatever... she throws her self to the ground and cries, screams, tries to negotiate. I stick her in her room (only a bed and dresser). Sometimes it takes three rounds of being in her room before she stops trying to negotiate.
Any tips??? I really need help with this one.