Help!! my 5 year old daughters behavior is out of control
Im a 33 year old mom, I have 2 daughters, 9 and 5. My 5 year old is OUT of CONTROL. She's always been wild, but I blamed it on being a toddler; now that she's getting a little older its not changing. There are times I dread picking her up after work and I almost refuse to take her in a store, because she runs all over the store, through the parking lot, etc. My husband works in the car business so he's at work a lot, he stays home with her the one day a week he's off and at the end of the day he is so frustrated with her that he just wants to get away from her. I LOVE my children, but can't stand the feeling of not wanting to be around my 5 year old after work and the weekends. She hits, kicks, calls names, cusses (I don't cuss around my kids, but my husband slips up), tortures the animals, doesn't listen to anything or do what she's told, wont sit in timeout and I have had it! She doesn't lack attention, she's slept with us since the day she was born (my fault, because my sister had a baby that died from SIDS); now she refuses to sleep in her bed. Its almost like she has anxiety because if shes out of our site or we put her in her room she freaks out. She screams, throws fits and won't tell you why. Today for example, I was going to take the girls to an arcade; we went to have breakfast first and her behavior was so bad I had to take away the arcade privilege. I feel awful, because my 9 year old then missed out too, but I couldn't reward her for bad behavior, so my oldest gets mad at her sister. I'm terrified for when she starts Kindergarten. She's not always perfect for her child care provider, but she does better than she does with us. She was always late walking, crawling and meeting certain milestones. I've even heard people say "there is something wrong with that child"...but there isn't anything visibly wrong. I've contacted her pediatrician and they've referred us to a psychologist who no longer sees children. Im scared to take her, because i don't want her on meds. I'm now just wondering if there is something more going on with her; if she'll still outgrow this or what. I've never had these issues with my 9 year old. HELP!!
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