Are they all like this?

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Are they all like this?
Sat, 08-30-2008 - 2:23pm


I'm here for the first time.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 08-30-2008 - 3:21pm

Yes they are! LOL

Ok not what you wanted to hear hey? My girls turned 9 in May and both have hit some annoying attitudes in the last month or so. Ashley cries at the drop of a hat, about anything, you can't talk to her at all without her bursting into tears and then arguing with everything I say. It can be good or bad but she has to have some sort of comeback lately.

Her sister has attitude - the word "No" is coming out of her mouth far to often lately. She is fine and then all of a sudden she has a major attitude with one of us. Mainly her sister but that in turn comes to us when we try to intervene in the situation.

I am thinking it is a combination of hormones starting up, summer ending and a new school year starting on Tuesday. I know they are both excited to go back but also very nervous because 4th grade is a big step. It is no longer "elementary" school but "intermediate" school (although still at the elementary (K-6) and is much more school & work focused and that scares them a bit.

I have tried a lot of patience and talking, some time outs and some punishments. I am giving them a bit of slack this next week as school starts up but if these attitudes persist we will deal with it in a much different manner. For the most part they are really well behaved, but man when that attitude starts in - ugh I dread my twin teen years

So hang in there and keep reinforcing the good and talking about the bad. I wish I had more advice but there are other people here who always offer great advice!

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 09-01-2008 - 7:05pm
Uhm, yes they are. I felt like I was the only one dealing with the attitude, the mouth, the over all rudeness and moodiness. Then back in July, I was talking to a friend who son had just turned 10 and Philip walked up to us and as soon as I asked him to wait a moment, he turned into this rude back talking kid. I told him to stop, go sit down under a tree and then we'd talk about it when I was done or the answer was no for whatever it was he wanted. He stomped off. My gf looked at me and said its the age. That this is what she had been dealing with most of the past year; 10 was looking better so to hang in there.

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Tue, 09-02-2008 - 9:05pm
hello!! i just thought id let you know you are not alone. my lil darling just turned 8 in june and there have been days...lots of days. today was a good one. but last night, we got into a fight because she couldnt sleep(she was nervous about school)and was up cryign and carrying on at 1030 at night. she ended up sleeping in my bed because i couldnt get her to sleep any other way. she gets whiney and disrespectful too. i think she gets it from her older cousins-especially one in particular(a mouthy 12 year old). i yell, i punish,
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Wed, 09-03-2008 - 2:06pm
Joanne, isn't that scary? I hope with distance it will be funny. My mom says that in a lot of ways Philip is like I was -- always trying to please the teachers by working hard and being critical of my work and mouthy when I thought I was right or that they didn't understand. I think I know why she yelled so much when I was this age.