Quoting Jas ♥:" Its gotta be the age. My 4 year old has been doing the same thing to M and I. Everything is a fight, everything is "No, I don't want to." "I can't do it.""
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" YES! And the doing things that she KNOWS she isn't allowed to do (jumping off the couch, coloring on the tv, etc) "
Quoting kitermom:" Sometimes in our house we have to take a deep breath, talk about how we're going to restart the day and have a 5 minute cuddle."We do that too & then I invite the troubled child to come with me & be my shadow basically...so help me with whatever I am doing. I *try* to incorporate the kids into doing things with me all day, whatever it is I am doing. Overall, more interaction generally diffuses whatever is happening. It' snot alwyas practiccal though when you ar edoing soething they can't help you with (like showering - lol)...but even then, I've been known to put them booth in the shower with me if need be.
Quoting Jas ♥:" Yup but she does it anyway, right? My daughter has not be listening and has been testing her limits more than usual. "
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" Yup, she just does it anyway. It's like I'm not even here. Today, she has lost her TV priveledges ... [snip!] ... and her iPod. (which hits her hard, trust me.) The next outburst and she loses her trip to the dollar store after the gym."Also yesterday I took my kids tv away for atleast a week after they smashed and entire carton of eggs into their bedroom rug..