8 year old very attention needy.

Lys - posted on 08/24/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have an 8 year old step daughter, who has always been attention needy, and of course it's worse now that i have another baby on the way, (which i do understand). However, i don't know what to do besides ignore her bad behavior, which is being mean to her little sister on purpose so i scold her, pretending she doesnt know ANYTHING pretending she doesnt hear what i say, also when my friends or our relatives come over they call me later saying skyy was so up in their face and demanding every second of attention it was overwhelming. no matter what ive tried in the past 5 years she has always NEEDED to be the center of attention. what can i do? I'm definately irritated, but i also am concerned because i don't know if she's struggling with a deeper issue like low self esteem or if she's kinda being a little selfish with attention... either way i want to help her but i also want to deal with this because i dont know what to do anymore!

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Lys - posted on 08/24/2012

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yes you're right on that, she is like her daddy and holds it all in :] maybe i will try that thank you :]

Chaya - posted on 08/24/2012

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I would spend an hour or two holding her, but I have the time to. Talk to her about what she needs. She may not be able to express her needs, she likely needs help learning to verbalize them.

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