Help I'm a 54 yr. old who is raising her 5 year old granddaughter

Gloris - posted on 09/16/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter was murdered last year so I have the granddaughter. She was present when happened. She is diagnosed with ptsd and add. I have been to sev. Drs but she will not eat and throws tantrums. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Annemare - posted on 09/17/2015

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Alright so that's not working out too well?? I know with what works with our boys as a punishment is to not play game (like ipad or psp) or watch any tv and that works for us, but all children are different with punishing and we need to find something that will help for your family.

I wonder what if you cook and just tell her that's what she's getting and she must eat it, and then later during the week she can have something of her choice?? She will eventually start eating what you make at home because she will be hungry. Not sure if you can try this as a fun way for her maybe to help you prepare dinner?? cut something up for you with a butter knife even if it's just a small piece of potato to see if she will enjoy it and then hopefully eat it :)

Gloris - posted on 09/17/2015

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We've tried timeout, taking toys, I pad the things she likes. As far as eating. I allow her to choose, but that is normally junk. I have found an thrive ice cream, which is like pedi assure. Problem is the stores in ok doesn't have it.

Annemare - posted on 09/17/2015

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Hi there. Firstly I am truly sorry for what happened to your daughter no parent will have to go through such a thing and my heart goes out to you! And I take my hat off to you for taking care of her and being such a wonderful granny :)

Shame it's a bit of a tough age as a five year old especially if she was present when that happened so I'm sure most of her tantrums / not wanting to eat comes form loosing her mommy and it might take some time for her to come right.

Have you maybe tried to let her choose what she would like to eat (just for the meantime) even if it's breakfast cereal as a start as long as she wants to eat anything even yoghurt?

Then with the tantrums I'm sure it would be hard for you to maybe try the 'time out' method where when she's misbehaving she can perhaps sit still for five minutes (same time as her age) but because with what she's being diagnosed with it will be hard for her to sit still. What did you already try with her with her tantrums maybe we can think of other ideas?

Kind Regards
Annemare

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