Do 3 year olds ever listen?

Madison - posted on 08/30/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter will repeatedly ask the same question over and over "Banana please" crying "Banana please" until mom goes crazy. She doesn't listen when I tell her to do things and I find myself yelling far more than I would ever want to. She'll scream the whole time in a time out and throw herself back, does not seem to respond to taps on the butt and I don't want to yell anymore. How do I get her to listen to me? I do not want her to grow up to be a brat or teach those habits to her 2 year old brother!


Katherine - posted on 08/30/2012




I have a 3 year old too. #1 Relax. This is how they are. Yours isn't the only one, trust me! If I say no to my daughter she screams too! Mine won't take a time out either. Maybe for a minute, then she starts running around the house. My thing is "if", "then." IF she does A THEN she can do B. If not then she misses out. I try to praise her for her good behavior and not focus on the bad so much.

She has an older sister and they can become quite crazy sometimes. I find myself yelling a lot too. Doesn't do any good though. They are what they are at that age lol :/


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