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Please Help Me!!!

My 4 year old is going through this phase where she doesn't talk to anyone, just grunts and points her finger. She also listens to no one, I know she is only 4 years old, but I don't know what else to do besides time out. I tell her to pick up her toys in her room, she gets mad, crys and sits there. I don't know what to do anymore, anyone out there know anything I can do. She is not out of control, but she is starting to make me feel like a bad mother. Please Help me!!!

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Asked by ajksmom at 10:45 PM on Mar. 18, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • You are the adult. Be consistant, follow through, and stand your ground. Make sure that you're doing time out properly and following through everytime with it. One warning, then she gets put in time out if she does it again, tell her why she is there, then she has to sit there for four minutes. (One minute for every year she is) If she gets up put her back again telling her it is a time out, then every time after that without saying anything. Her time does not start until she sits there like she is supposed to, it is reset everytime she gets up.

    You could try taking her favorite things away if she refuses to listen. "You are not allowed to play with your barbies for the rest of the day because you didn't do as I asked." If she refuses to put away toys then she gets then taken away.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 11:20 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • When she points her finger just act like she isn't asking for anything. Tell her when she speaks and tells you want she wants then you'll answer her. Don't let her get away with pointing and getting what she wants.

    When you tell her to pick up her room, tell her she has __ amount of time to pick up her room. If after that time she hasn't she looses the toys. Put them away or donate them to a charity. Your choice. Personally my DD has so many toys that I just donate them if she refuses to pick up her room.

    Consistancy is ALWAYS key. I really can't stress it enough. If you tell her your going to do something, follow through.

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 6:53 AM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • I'd get her in for a physical with the doctor. these can be signs of a hearing situation or something else possibly wrong.
    The fact that it's something new makes me wonder all the more. It may just be a phase, and if that turns out to be the case, then wonderful.
    but if not, I think the sooner you know the better.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:51 AM on Mar. 19, 2010

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