How to Handle Your Child's Annoying Habits

My daughter has a really annoying habit of making pronouncements about everything. I believe she gets this from her biological father, and that is one big reason it is so irritating. Today, I lost my temper and slapped her. She has been a difficult child since day one, actually since age four. This situation has me totally frustrated. Help!

--A Parent Soup member

Many divorced spouses will relate to your irritation over a trait that a child inherits from an ex. Divorced parents know exactly why they ran from a spouse, and when that characteristic recurs in a child (which is only natural) it can be especially irritating.

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