Kristine - posted on 08/15/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
I look after a child nearly 7 and she had always been quite stubborn and had a bit of a mean and selfish streak. This past month though she will do anything and everything to be rude, spiteful, disrespectful - she gets to my home by 6:15am and my own kid is still asleep. I provide quiet activities tv, books, coloring, toys and interact with her as well of course, however she will yell, jump on the bed, kick the wall, do things to her other siblings to try to get them to cry or join in her behavior. She quits this once my own child wakes up though. When I tell her to stop it escalates or she simply says, 'I don't need to listen to anyone because I do what is fun'. This behavior continues throughout the day ie. jumping on furniture, grabbing from the other kids, scaring the younger kids, it goes on and on. I physically need to put this child in timeout and then she keeps leaving or bawls like a baby. I make her stay but feel this is ridiculous. Her 2 other siblings behave just fine and I don't expect perfection(kids will be kids) I find this 100% unacceptable. This behavior is also only directed towards women. She will listen to dad most of the time. I want to try to help be a part of the solution if I can, but i csn only go so far. Has anyone else dealt with something like this? Any suggestions welcome!
Ps I also get the impression that this child enjoys behaving like this. I am also consistent with discipline and never let big things 'slide'.