Linda - posted on 09/10/2012 ( no moms have responded yet )
In the past couple months, my 3 year old little girl has picked up the habit of hitting and kicking. She will kick me, her dad, and my mother. I haven't seen her kick many other kids her age, but she is also in daycare so I don't always see how she is around other children. I haven't heard anything from her teacher, so I can only assume she doesn't behave this way in school. She acts this way anytime she doesn't get anything she wants at the exact time she wants it. This behavior is only exacerbated as I follow through and not give in to her tantrum. I have been practicing the same kind of discipline that super nanny does, time out with out speaking to her. She is becoming out of control, I understand she is still learning how to express herself but I have bruises and I really am tired of getting hit or kicked in the face. I recently spanked her two days in a row and haven't felt myself for days now because of my guilt. I was spanked and hit with the belt, as well as my sister, as a child. I'm not really against spanking, but I did want to choose an alternative way of discipling my children when the time came. There isn't really one thing I can take away from her that I could resort to for another form of punishment, because she loves everything. She does go between my house and her father's house, but has been for the majority of her life, so I'm not sure if this is a factor. It might be something that she sees at school, but I still feel horrible for spanking her. I've been in a consent state of "I can't believe I did that" I need help, I need advice, I need support and to not feel like a horrible mom. Please help me figure out what to do with a 3 year old who is being raised by separated parents. I need to know how to cope with her when she says "stop looking at me", "I don't want to be here", "I don't like you", when she does what others ask her to do but me....