I have 4 girls, my 8 year old daughter (2nd youngest) is making our home so distressed. She is overly dramatic about everything, if you accidentally bump into her she acts like she's dying, when asked to do things she very rarely finishes the task without several reminders, she received poor marks at school for following directions and listening. She constantly is fighting with one of her sisters and when she is punished she often throws a tantrum, stomps up the stairs, and slams the door to her room. She always has an excuse as to why it is somebody else's fault that she HAD to be have that way. I have tried putting her in the corner, taking priviledges away, a reward system (she earns marbles for good behavior and gets a reward when her jar is full), we have tried sending her to bed early, having her sit out when we go places (like the zoo or park), washing her mouth out with soap for lying, adding extra chores. I am at the end of my rope and everybody in our house is miserable. I want to bring harmony back but I don't know how. Please share suggestions as I am anxious to find something that will make us be able to reconnect, I miss my girl.
Answer by doulala at 9:53 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by GrammytoTrin at 6:46 AM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by Ashoonik at 1:30 AM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by rosiemendo at 8:09 AM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by KTMOM at 9:31 AM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by DomsMama07 at 1:22 AM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by daerca574 at 7:58 AM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by tspillane at 9:30 AM on Jun. 18, 2011
I think there might be some sort of resentment on her part and she is acting out to get attention, even if it is a negative one. Was there harmony before she started acting out or was she always difficult? I agree with the other ladies that she is old enough to give a good talking to, to inquire what the problem is. Fighting with their sibbling is totally expected and quite normal.
Answer by older at 10:49 AM on Jun. 18, 2011