4 yr old with a growing attitude

Sharon - posted on 01/27/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is increasingly becoming defiant, wont answer when spoken to, will only do things when it suits her, this has increased in the past 2 months since our 8mth old son has become mobile. (is this a way to just get attention?) When she does as she is asked she goes over and above to help. need some advise

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Sarah - posted on 01/27/2011

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My daughter is only 8-months-old but I ignore any behavior that is unacceptable and she seems to catch on pretty quickly. It sounds like your daughter is seeking out attention (whether it's the good or bad kind) so I would suggest completely ignoring her bad behavior. She will come to realize that being bad won't get mommy's attention and she should try another (nicer) tactic. I wish you the best of luck!

Sharon - posted on 01/27/2011

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thankyou Louise, we do quite a few one on one activities together, unfortunately she seems to want it all the time. I'm sure she will grow out of it hopefully kinder will help

Louise - posted on 01/27/2011

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This is attention seeking so just ignore it. Try and make time just for her maybe do some baking with her or some finger painting. Any activity that involves one to one with her. Best time for this is when the baby is asleep. Reward the good behaviour and for the time being ignore the bad and see if things improve.

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