Bobbi - posted on 02/13/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hi all! I am a mother of 5, with one of them being my 5 year old step-daughter. She has and continues to create tension among us all. She is constantly whining, arguing with siblings, getting into everyone's stuff, sneaking things, and is beyond defiant. We have had her in therapy for a few months, and she refuses to talk during the sessions. The therapist just gave a diagnosis of ODD, and this makes perfect sense. She has always seemed like she tries to act like a parent or teenager and this has really gotten on my nerves since she is only 5. I am at my wits end with trying to get her to talk about her feelings and trying to not take what she says and does personally, but last night I finally broke down emotionally. I don't know how much more of her attitude I can take. I want to love her like a mother should love their daughter, but her mood swings and how she manipulates every situation makes me want to keep her i her room all day. Help!