My 3yr old daughter has been talking back & not listening, what would you do?!

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Carrie - posted on 04/12/2010

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In our home we use timeout. 1 min. per age of the child...1 = 1min, 2 = 2mins., etc. Have her sit on a chair or stool in a safe place that you can keep an eye on her like hallway, familyroom, etc. Make sure to set a timer, because us moms get busy sometimes. :-) Give her a warning first and if she continues then she goes to timeout. If she gets out of timeout, put her back. It is important to stay calm, because they can feel your tension. Tell her why she is going to timeout and she has to sit there for x amount of time. Don't talk to her or let her have any toys during the timeout. Make sure the timeout spot is the same spot everytime. When timeout is over sit her down with you somewhere besides the timeout spot and explain to her why she was in timeout. Have her apologize for her behavior. Tell her you love her and give her a big hug. :-) This works for us, but every family is different and it might not work for yours. Another option is positive reinforcement such as a small toy or trip for not yelling or hitting in a situation where they normally would. Good luck and I am sure you will find something that works for your family. :-)

Jeniffer - posted on 04/10/2010

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mine does it too honestly if removing them from the situation doesn't work ignore them ( I mean really IGNORE them) when they realize that you refuse to speak to someone who treats you badly they change their attitude quickly in the meantime pop you headphones in and listen to something else

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