7 yr old girl with a recent behavior change

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7 yr old girl with a recent behavior change
Tue, 01-03-2012 - 9:36pm

My 7 yr old daughter has had an annoying behavior change over the past two months.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 2:04pm
Hi Allison! I think this is totally a phase, it's hard for those 7 yos to be so good all day at school that they just have to let it all out as soon as they walk in the door ;) I've had this same issue with my son, and it can be so frustrating. Have you thought about doing something really active when she comes home? Maybe go outside and play tag or take a walk, anything to run off some extra steam. We live down the street from our bus stop, and I started making my boys walk home this year instead of me picking them up because they would just get so out of control (my twins are in 5th grade so I'm comfortable with it). I think the walk helps them to calm down a little before they get in the door, it's still a bit chaotic but better. Do you have a routine for after school? I'm not sure how structured or relaxed it is, but you could try altering it to see if it helps.


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Registered: 09-30-2011
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 2:14pm

Hi Allison! I agree with Melissa, it's most likely just a phase. I've experienced similar behavior from my boys. I read somewhere that kids feel the safest with their parents, so we often get to see the more undesirable behaviors, instead of the teachers. Lucky us, eh? :)

Overall, I guess it's a good thing- I'd rather them behave well for others than for me but it's enough to make you want to pull your hair out sometimes! I wish it wasn't an either/or kind of thing- that they would just be on their best behavior all the time but I know that's having unrealistic expectations.