my 4 & a half year old doesnt listen !! help !!!

Gina - posted on 11/19/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter has a very hard time listening when told. she constantly says no and tries to test her limits. if i say don't open the door, she opens it. don't touch the switch she does. i am exhausted and don't know what to do. time out isn't working. she also doesn't listen to her stepfather whatsoever and is constantly giving him attitude. please help !!!

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Ev - posted on 11/19/2013

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Has she listened and followed instructions before this or have you let her do what she wants? It does make a difference if you have waited till now to make her mind. You need to set the rules now and expand on them as she gets older. They need to be simple and you also need to come up with a good consequence to go with it and right one as well. You also have to be consistent in doing this and not back down but hold your ground. The more you hold your ground she will begin to see you mean business. Kids want and need that set of limits. Its not only to teach them what is acceptable and not acceptable, but teaches them that you are the adult and what you say goes. NO is a big word to a little kid this age and even younger ones. It gives them power when it works. You can not let her keep running the house. She needs to know that when she does anything that she will pay the piper by loosing something she loves, loosing a treat, or loosing out on an activity that is fun for her.

Tanya - posted on 11/19/2013

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Hi I have a near 4 year old daughter who is exactly like this. Have you tried taking a favourite toy of her or not giving her a treat eg. Park grandparents house? Seems to work with my little girl.

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