My four-year-old has started to be impossible on school mornings lately. Refusing to get out of bed or put clothes on, hiding behind her bedroom door, whining and talking back. I'm sure she gets enough sleep at night because she's in bed for a good eleven hours, and she does fine with that on other days. I thought at first that something she didn't like might be going on at school, but she's always bright and happy when she comes home. I'm pretty sure it's a garden variety power struggle, but I don't know how to de-escalate it. This morning I had to physically lift her out of bed and get her dressed. I'm trying something new--on any day she gives me a hard time, we won't go outside to look for playmates in our condo complex when she gets home. I told her that big girls get up for school, and big girls go out to play afterward. Hanging out with the neighborhood kids is her favorite thing to do. Not sure if that's the right approach, but I'm running out of options.
Any other ideas? Thanks.
Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 11:27 AM on Jan. 24, 2013
Answer by hootie826 at 12:14 PM on Jan. 24, 2013
My Son started being a slow poke recently. I just wake him up earlier. I open his curtains & pull down his comforter & say come down in a few minutes OK? (He doesn't like to be alone anyway). He mumbles under his breath & I ignore it. Soon he comes down & starts with the grouchies & again I ignore & give him his breakfast. If he has no audience he stops. He goes to kindergarten.GL!
Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 1:32 PM on Jan. 24, 2013
Answer by Sebbiemama at 4:21 PM on Jan. 24, 2013