I know most of you are looking at the title of my question and laughing your butts off. ("Argumentative toddler? DUH!" lol)
But seriously, I could use some advice and encouragement. I am a full-time SAHM and I think that's part of the reason my 4-year-old has become progressively difficult with me. She will listen immediately when her dad/grandparents say something, but with me, she will argue and argue and ARGUE and it's only gotten worse lately.
I'm not giving in or encouraging her behavior, but things go on forever like this:
Daughter: "Mom, can I please have some more crackers?"
Me: "No, sweetie, you already had a lot and it's going to be dinnertime soon."
Daughter: "But Mom, I want some!"
Me: "I know you do, but you've had enough. The answer is no."
Daughter: "But MOM, I'm hungry for crackers!"
Me: "I said no. What would you like for dinner tonight?"
Daughter: "BUT MOM I WANT CRACKERS!!"
Me: "I'm going to start ignoring you now. I said no crackers, and the answer is still no."
**screaming, screaming, screaming,...**
Is there anything I can/should do, or do I just keep up what I've been doing? It is so bloody hard to ignore her when she gets into one of her argue streaks, but I try to. I literally never, ever give in, but consistency hasn't seemed to encourage her to give up. I am so tired of the same thing for every situation. As I'm sure many of you have experienced, the arguments are often about the stupidest possible thing! ("But MOM, I'm too TIRED to pick up the wrapper I threw on the floor!")
I know, I know, pick your battles and all that.
Gives me words of wisdom, ladies, so I know I'm not alone. :) lol
Answer by layh41407 at 6:09 PM on May. 29, 2011
Answer by But_Mommie at 6:19 PM on May. 29, 2011
Answer by bloomsr at 6:24 PM on May. 29, 2011
Answer by BaileysMom476 at 11:44 PM on May. 29, 2011
Answer by LeJane at 12:12 AM on May. 30, 2011
Answer by nepenthe429 at 7:24 AM on May. 30, 2011
Answer by layh41407 at 11:16 AM on May. 30, 2011
Answer by mubbie at 11:16 AM on May. 30, 2011
Answer by LeJane at 11:30 AM on May. 30, 2011
Answer by CoiaCuppcake at 5:47 PM on May. 30, 2011