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|Thu, 05-31-2007 - 10:36am|
Hello - I am new to this board and in need of some parenting advice. I am an only child, and I have an only child. She will be five in July. She can be the sweetest little girl and then instantly turn into a little terror. She usually is full of hugs and kisses but it seems that lately she is equally full of tantrums.
She yells NO! She comes up to me and pushes me when she doesn't get her way. She throws crying fits and she is truly a DRAMA QUEEN. She goes to work with me each day as I own my own company. She has been there since she was six months old. She was in preschool last year and she loved going to school. Although I know she adores me as her mommy, she would be the only child throwing a tantrum when I picked her up from school because she wanted to keep playing and not go home.
I admit she has never been on a schedule because mine is so crazy. She spends long, long hours at my office sometimes but she also loves it there too. She has her own office with a futon, a tv, toys, computer, etc. Outside of being in an office, it is no different than when she is at home. We even have a tub so she can take baths when we are late going home. She has always been a trooper and stuck right with me.
The other problem is that she is so nasty to her daddy. He is a loud and grumpy type by nature and I wonder if she gets some of her behavior from watching him. She is great with him when it is just the two of them but as soon as I come into the picture, she doesn't want anything to do with him. She wants me to do everything for her and if he tries to help, she screams that she wants Mommy to do it - not him. Or she will yell at him by saying that she was talking to me - not him.
Then other times she yells at me and she often imitates me by telling me to do things right now. But when I tell her not to talk to me that way, she says please and thank you.
Her behavior is disrespectful and embarrasing to me sometimes. I am sure some of the staff makes comments about how spoiled she is. I have tried timeouts, taking tv away, a spank on the butt once in awhile but nothing works.