Any tips on handling a defiant child? My 5yo is so stubborn it's ridiculous. She does not like being told what to do and doesn't like authority. I am the same way so I don't really know how to handle it. For instance, today we went to walk the dog. I told her not to ride her bike. She gets on and rides anyway and ends up going down the hill and into the street. I had to chase her (not fun when 8 months pregnant) and stop her, then physically pull her off. Then we come inside and start on homework. Our routine is I help her sister with her homework first, then it's her turn. They have the same homework every night so they are used to it and can do it by themselves but there are a few things 5yo needs help with, like reading and a spelling list. I give her the responsibility and independence to do most of it on her own but when it comes time for me to help her she refuses and says "no". It just gets on my nerves and I'm at my witts end. She'll be told to be quiet at school but doesn't listen and continues talking over the teacher, getting her in trouble. I'll ask her to clean up her toys and she just throws herself on the ground and screams she doesn't want to.
I have tried various punishments and DH has as backed me up but I really don't know what else to do. She has been told today that she isn't allowed to go to church with our neighbor tomorrow, and will probably lose her ice cream money on Friday but that doesn't phase her. She's very stubborn, strong-willed, and defiant with a major problem with authority.
My 6yo is nothing like this. Complete opposite.