What is the best way to deal with an independant, opinionated, 3 yr old girl?

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Carrie - posted on 04/23/2009

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Make it very clear to her that you are the parent and she is the child. We have been working on this with our daughter. Our daycare provider helps us with this as well. Emily can now recite who is the boss, but doesn't always remember that she is not the boss. Consistency is key with toddlers.

Leanne - posted on 04/22/2009

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My daughter is over 2 and is very independant.Has to do everything herself.Puts her on knickers on,socks,shoes,trackies even wants to comb her hair on the odd occasion.Its great but drives me insane.Even wants to put washing in my front loader ,cracks it with me if she sees me doing it without her.I think just let your daughter be who she is.Because thats who they are and their personality we cant change who they are..better to be like this then doing everything for them.Good luck

Lisa - posted on 03/27/2009

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i dont really have any ideas. just wanted 2 share my story my 2 1/2 yr old is the same she is an only child so she is with adults more than kids.... and i think all girls r lil miss independent its very fustrating when she wants to do every thing her self

Mandy - posted on 03/27/2009

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Give her age appropriate choices to help her feel in control. For example, give her 2 different choices of outfits to wear, when its time to leave the park, ask her if she wants to leave now or in 5 minutes. I learned a lot from the Love and Logic book for young children.

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