I need help with my 3 year old daughter! She listens to everyone else but me!

Ashley - posted on 10/08/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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She will listen to her father, grandfather and all other family members but me. She tells me "no", she yells, throws toys and household items, hits her sister and me, and more and more! I don't know what to do anymore. I have tried so many things but this child is so defiant and stubborn that I don't have a clue! I have done time outs, taking toys and privileges, even a pat on the bottom but nothing is working! I'm on the urge to call Supernanny! Please help!

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Christine - posted on 01/14/2013

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I had a similar problem, which isn't good, because I am a single mother. I realized that without noticing I was not following through on my consequences. Now I find that responding with an immediate consequence (i.e. timeout, loss of privilege, loss of toys or a big one snacks), my daughter acknowledges that she also needs to listen to me as well. She is still testy at times, but I talk to her and try my best to explain to her why she needs to stop doing this or that. My daughter has started to ask permission before she does certain things and is more aware of rules that are set. She also can barely stand when she is consequenced for poor behavior. Also a big one is making a huge deal when she does follow directions or listens to you. Praise is a miracle.

Deepti - posted on 01/13/2013

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Just ignore and chill out for some time... always remember to reward her when she behaves well and listens to you

Chrissy - posted on 01/11/2013

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I am in the same boat you are. I've tried everything as well and my 3 year old daughter won't listen to me either. She's also autistic so that makes it pretty difficult at times too. I just have to count backwards from 10 to keep myself calm while trying to get her to listen to me. I know this isn't helpful advise, but just know that you are not alone in this.

Ashley - posted on 10/08/2012

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Oh I have tried the counting too.....that doesn't even work with her either. Like I said, nothing is working, lol

Katherine - posted on 10/08/2012

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That's because you're her mom. She's most comfortable with you. You are going to have to start being more stern with her or she is going to walk all over you as she grows. My 3 year old listens when I start to count. Oh boy does she listen! She knows I mean business. That's about all I can say. They're moody little things lol.

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