split personality

Maria - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I worry that my 3year-old, Chloe, has a split personality. At school she cleans up her toys, puts on her shoes, and is entirely sek-_sufficient at potty time. At home, she whines whenever I ask her to pick up anything, insists I join her in the bathroom whenever she has to go, and lately has started demanding that I spo-(feed her dinner. Clearly, her teacher knows something I don't.

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Kids always behave better for anyone who isn't their parent. I remember before I had my son I used to watch my friend's daughter. She would pick her up and ask "How was she?" I'd go on and on about how helpful she was and how she listened well, napped for me, etc. I remember one time my friend cried when I told her and she said "Why is she good for everyone else but MEE???" Flash forward 5 years and I have the same exact issue. My son is SUPER and PERFECT for the babysitter or for my neighbor but with me he can sometimes be a stubborn little shit lol I think it's because with other people they don't know where their boundaries are. With us, they know exactly how to push our buttons and they know they can push our boundaries....we tend to put up with more than a babysitter or daycare would. Not a split personality....a toddler :)

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Corinne - posted on 10/02/2010

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She's playing you, don't give in as it's just a phase and she'll get over it. My 4yr old did it and my 2yr old is doing it now. They learn very quickly how to wind you up and get attention, ignore the whining and leave her to eat by herself, if she won't eat, take the food away until she will. Be strong "this too shall pass" :)

Lara - posted on 10/01/2010

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Yep, they're perfect for everyone, BUT their Moms...he's completely normal, lol. :)

Bonnie - posted on 09/29/2010

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My older son who started school this year is somewhat the same way as your daughter at home. I think it is probably because they think they can take advantage of their mommies.

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