5 year old Drama Queen - Help

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Registered: 05-02-2007
5 year old Drama Queen - Help
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Wed, 05-02-2007 - 10:37pm
I am brand new to the message boards and I am hoping someone can give me some much needed advice or ideas. My 5 year old daughter has recently become very emotional and super sensitive with her friends, teachers and sometimes at home too. She cries if she doesn't get her way, she cries if someone has something that she doesn't. She cries when one friend wants to play with someone else. She often tells us the "whoa is me type" stories in an attempt to get us to feel sorry for her. Additionally, she has also fibbed about the stories and told us the exact opposite of what really happened. When in reality it would have been a good story to tell us but instead she makes it a sad story, this is usually an attempt to cover over something she did wrong. She does "use her words" sometimes, but accuses her friends of hurting her feelings because they didn't do what she wanted. Now it's like the boy who cried wolf too many times. We have disciplined her for the fibbing but I don't know how to handle the overly sensitive part.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 05-06-2007 - 1:04pm
Try to minimize your reactions to her stories. That may help a great deal. At this age, they are still experimenting with language and how powerful it is.

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Registered: 04-23-2007
Thu, 05-17-2007 - 9:50am
I think that may be a stage girls go through at this age. My 5 year old has been the same way for a few months now. There for a while she was getting in the car crying after school because someone hurt her feelings, someone wouldn't share, someone was mean to her, etc. She also would burst into tears if we looked at her wrong! There for a while we were feeling like we had to walk on eggshells around her because we never knew what was going to cause an emotional meltdown with her. Luckily, in the last few weeks, its started to get better.
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