My 7-Year-Old Daughter Is Out of Control!

Sandra - posted on 01/14/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone. I need help and good advise. My 7 year old daughter is getting out of control. She has always been difficult but it seems that lately it is getting out of control. She is mouthy, she wants to show us she is in charge, she does not do what we ask her to do, she is dramatic and uncooperative. The stress in our home is unbearable. I can't seem to enjoy her company because she is always causing some argument in the home. I don't know how to handle this. Please help me.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/14/2014

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Its frustrating, I know. Just be consistent. When she pitches a fit, she gets tv or other privileges yanked for a specific amount of time. And it escalates. First, it may be a day. SEcond occurrence, 2 days, etc.

Explain that you will no longer yell. That she's old enough to understand and follow directions, that is what you expect, and when she does not do it, she will have consequences each and every time. And if it's inconvenient (if you're out in public, for example) its even MORE important to enforce behaviour. The more she sees you enforcing it, the better she will behave.

Sandra - posted on 01/14/2014

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Thanks for responding. I have tried it all: taking toys away, no TV, time outs, talking calmly (and not so calmly), giving her chores (she doesn't seem to mind), and a good old-fashioned yelling. I often try to talk to her but she seems to only respond to me when I raise my voice. I don't understand why she can't respond to "nice" and only when I yell.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/14/2014

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What are her consequences for misbehaving? What do you do when she talks back, for example? What privileges are pulled when she's being dramatic and uncooperative?

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