quick solution for difficult 4-yr old
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|Thu, 08-14-2008 - 9:54am|
Over the years I've gotten great advice from the various ivillage forums, but this my first time in the Parenting forums!
I'm not a parent - just the aunt of a four-year-old whom I love dearly - she's beautiful, intelligent and hilarious (I'm not partial at all :)). I'm going to be babysitting her a few times in the coming months, and one time is at a party while my sister will be present but occupied with other things. Sometimes, she's well-behaved and adorable. But often (more often than not), she's out of control. It happens especially when things don't go as she had expected. She screams and cries uncontrollably and refuses to listen or even bargain. I remember one time when we had a picnic lunch together. She decided that her turkey sandwich wasn't good, so she threw it on the ground then ran away and laid down in the middle of the parking lot, screaming.
I'm not her mother (or a mother at all, yet) and don't intend to reprimand or school her, but I would love some hints and quick-fixes for calming her down if there is a crisis, especially a public one! I'm willing to do anything - games, negotiating techniques - but more often than not I'm at a total loss.
Thank you so much for your help!!!!