Today, it was an hour tantrum over GOING outside. I insited it was time, got her dressed, she wanted no part of it. I brought her out. Well, after 40 minutes of SCREAMING bloody murder (the neighbors came out) I brought her in, telling her we'd be going back out after she had a drink and cleaned up.
Well, it didn't improve. In fact, Katie hit me a few times and got me in the face once. I put her in her room for a "time out", set the timer for 2 minutes and calmly explained why she was being punished. We did this about 4 times. In between each time in her room, she'd come out and screech and hit me.
I tried to remain calm through it all, explaining very simply that there was no hitting, and she'd continue to get a time out if she hit. I finally got her settled down with distraction (looking at birthday pix). Which I had tried earlier to no avail.
SO - what does one do when one's lovely daughter becomes Scary Girl from Another Planet?
I was really at my wits end here today. Yes, she may have been tired, but this can't all be explained by that. This hitting is relatively new too.
Later in the day, she apologized for hitting me and promised not to do it again. We even shook on it.
Any ideas how to handle this in the future? Tips on stopping hitting?
How not to run screaming down the street after an hour of tantrums and shreiking?
Any input appreciated!!!
~Michelle, Mom to the Amazing Katie with a split personality today