Any advice??

Jodi - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My youngest child is gonna be 6 years old in August. She is the baby of 4 children and she still has a tendency to sometimes act like a baby. Most of the time she only does it when her siblings are at sporting events or in the musical plays, but she is starting to go back to refusing to talk, wanting a sippy cup, and throwing tantrums in public places. Now I know most kids still throw tantrums even when they are teenagers.....but is she doing this to get more attention? I try to split the day evenly between each child's activity and homework from school, and during summer vacation we try to let them all pick 3 activities that they want to do during the summer. She has been getting more attention in the last 2 weeks because she started summer vacation before the rest of my children, it's when they come home from school that she starts the "baby" thing. I realize that she wants my undivided attention, but have tried explaining to her that her brother and sisters need mom time too. Is there a way to help her realize that she is no longer a baby and that she will not always have my undivided attention?

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Jodi - posted on 06/03/2009

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Thank you for the advice. I will continue to keep trying at the walking away til she uses her words, but I am a softy...lol!

Holly - posted on 06/03/2009

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i agree ,if she does the pointing the finger thing say i dont know what you want ,im not going to play guess games with you ,use your words and tell me .Explain to her that you love her verry much and yes she is your youngest but ,she is not a baby any more she needs to become a young lady .maybe take timem every day like you said you do and have special time may be with her she dont want to be in sports or any ting so may be take a time out and go to dinner and a movie (have mom and daughter day )good luck

Crystal - posted on 06/03/2009

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I say don't give in to her. When she acts like that just tell her that when she starts acting like a big girl that you would be happy to give her some love and then walk away and don't acknowledge her until she starts acting her age, no matter how hard it is. She will get the picture. Also you might want to make sure she has some responsibilities of her own to help her feel more grown up and capable. I hope this helps.

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