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What do I do when she gets pouty?

Today my 4 yr old asked for Ice Cream for breakfast...when I told her no, her face changed so dramatically you would have thought I told her our dog died or something....she does this every single time she doesnt get her way...even if I'm just telling her "not right now" I'm not the most patient parent in the entire universe and so yeah, this makes me mad.

My question is this...Am I supposed to punish her when she does this (send her to her room or the time out chair) or should I just ignore it?


Asked by Lucky209 at 12:31 PM on Mar. 28, 2011 in General Parenting

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Answers (7)
  • Just ignore it. Stay calm. Don't let her know it evokes feelings in you. Tell her when she can have the ice cream like after eating a good dinner, but at the moment just give her breakfast choices and move on.

    Answer by elizabr at 12:47 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • I'd ignore it.

    Answer by 1smartcookie at 12:35 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • My 4-year-old DD also gets pouty when she doesn't get her way! I just ignore it -- and I also thank god that shes just pouting and not CRYING about it!

    Answer by BaileysMom476 at 12:37 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • Just ignore it, if you do this then she will see she is not getting a reaction from you and eventually stop.

    Answer by Liamsmom09 at 1:00 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • i learned with my oldest its just easier to ignore it. when they realize their not getting the attention from their reaction they expected the quit.

    Answer by kimsmith22 at 1:03 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • i think ignore it.

    Answer by angelrach86 at 1:59 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • unless she draws attention to herself - i would just ignore it - she is allowed to have emotions - i would just ignore her.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 2:23 PM on Mar. 28, 2011