Ariel - posted on 12/28/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )
My daughter doesn't listen very well at all. Sometimes she just smiles at me when I tell her not to do something and starts doing it again, sometimes she does something and when I tell her to stop, she doesn't show any sign that she heard me, and sometimes when I just want to get her attention, she'll ignore me until I move towards her and then she'll turn and run. What can I do to get her attention? I've tried time-outs for bad behavior but her dad runs to get her as soon as I sit back down so her 5-10 minute time-outs turn into 30 seconds. He also encourages her ignoring me (she listens as well as he does which is not at all.). If I tell her to stop banging something against the wall, he'll cheer for her and holler, "Good job, Baby!" (Sometimes I think I need to put him in time-out!) He thinks he's being cute by telling her to keep doing something. I have also tried getting down to her level or putting my hand on her shoulder or picking her up. I know her hearing's fine because there are days where I can whisper a sound and she'll mimic me. And when her dad gets home, she'll come running out of her room yelling, "Dada," and when our dog is down the road barking, she'll yell, "Dog!". Soooooo.....any suggestions?