My Daughter will be 4 this month and for some time now she has been treating her Dad terribly. This is Unacceptable! Help!

Molly - posted on 03/12/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My husband is wonderful, spends a lot of time with our soon-to-be 4yr old daughter, they have fun, he's very loving and supportive. Our daughter has for months now been treating him terribly; down right disrespecting him. Ignoring him, refusing his affections and attention. UNACCEPTABLE! He is understandably hurt, frustrated and fed up! Not sure what we can do. I always speak highly of him, it is NOT an issue of bad influence from either him, myself or anyone else...She acts like she's been abused or something! I am at home with her most days and have been since birth. She is good to me, somewhat needy, but listens and is generally a well behaved child. Lots of love around her! We really don't know what to do here. What do you suggest???Thanks!

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Molly - posted on 03/13/2014

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She just clams up when asked why she acts this way. Does not have an answer because she's an irrational 3 yr old! I just this morning had long talks with two highly regarded childcare pros at her day care. They say this age is all about gender recognition, and for now, all she knows is that when she grows up, she will be a woman, so she's all about ME for now. (she is a super girly girl)They suggested making changes to how we address it. I think we'll try this: She is treating him badly, I leave the premises while HE puts her in time out Zone and they resolve it together. (It is easier on me to take a walk while they work it out and then SHE knows I am not there to run to)The pros say her behaviour will escalate, peak and then resolve. Oh and lots of patience of course ;)

Jodi - posted on 03/12/2014

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Have you talked to her about it and asked her why she is treating daddy this way?

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