Meagan - posted on 10/03/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
My 3 year old is a terror! She constantly whines about EVERYTHING. I'm at a loss at what to do. Time out doesn't work - whining back doesn't work (it actually makes her worse) - ignoring her doesn't work (it also makes it worse). When I tell her to do things she ALWAYS replies with "I CAN'T do (whatever it is)" and whines. She will eventually do what I tell her to, but not without whining. She is also very very mean to her 1 year old nephew. She takes away his toys and pushes him off riding toys. And it seems she always wants to make him cry. I can put her in time out and she goes right back to doing the same thing, which doesn't make ANY sense to me because she plays with a family friend's child who is younger then her and the family friend's child is mean to HER and she just lets the other kid be mean to her.
She also won't eat much of ANYTHING unless it's junk food like her "poofs" (those cans of cheetos looking things) or chips or just juice or cookies or crackers (plain saltines - she doesn't seem to care for graham crackers). Occasionally she'll eat half a PB&J sandwich or a few chicken nuggets or maybe some applesauce or pieces of apple. This doesn't make any sense to me either because when she goes to the baby sitter's on the weekend she will eat anything and everything for the baby sitter. You name it - she'll eat it. I have hidden the items she wants and when she asks for them I don't give them to her, but sometimes she'll go the whole day without eating anything! It worries me.
I need help! I'm at a loss at what else to do to straighten up her attitude! @_@