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December 19, 2011

Mommy Troubles (I Need Help!)

As many of you may know, I have two daughters. They are 5 and 3, and something they actually share ... their birthday! Yep, they were both born on May 12th, exactly two years apart. My 5 year old, Audrey, is a complete sweetheart. She loves everyone and before you know it, she'll be wanting to visit your house and call you on the phone. She'll get upset if she can't see you and she'll be asking several times a day to go to your house. Sabrina; the 3 year old, on the other hand .. is not the same way. I don't expect her to be, but she does have a bad attitude.

I've had a lot of people tell me, "oh your kids are great!" or "your kids listen very well." I just laugh and say "yea, haha, not at home". I don't know whatever started Sabrina's attitude, but it started right after she started going to preschool. I almost feel as if I should get Nanny 911 up in here. Haha, seriously. Sabrina is my baby girl.. and it hurts to see her act the way she does.

So lets get down to the dirty (how she acts).. She acts like she is the boss. She does some things a usual 3 year old would do, like stomp her feet and put her hands on her hips, but then she has a habit of saying, " you make me mad!" , "leave me alone!" or "that's not very nice to me!". She's told people, including me, to shut up. She's even called me stupid before. I have no idea where she is getting this. We do not tell anyone in the home to shut up. We don't use those words. And we definitely don't tell anyone their stupid.

She also has a big problem with the word "no". But I know that is a common word toddlers have a problem with. But how do these other parents handle this kind of attitude? I may be on my third pregnancy, but I still consider myself a first time mom.. sometimes. Audrey was never like this, so I have go through this without knowing how to handle it.

We try to send her to her room, but that ends up in a "NO!". I get her in her room anyway and then she'll be in her room kicking the door, throwing stuff all over the floor, and then when she wants to come out, she'll use the line, "okay mommy, I stop crying". I've tried to explain to her that the reason she was put in her room was not because she was crying, but because of her attitude. She still won't try to understand. She'll get upset again and sometime throw a fit or talk back.

I've even gotten a note from her teacher once saying Sabrina was put in timeout because she hit another kid because the kid had a book she wanted. I was so embarrassed. Not to mention the times she's bit Audrey.. I never imagined my kids acting that way. What am I supposed to do when why child hits another kid? Especially when I'm not there to see it. I know there's been other times she's been put in timeout but not sure if the reasons. I know one other time she was put there was because she was giving the teachers a hard time.

So what could have caused her to act like this? Just growing up? Maybe she is learning some of these things from other kids in the class? I really wish I knew. I really wish I knew how to solve the problem. I wish she would just sit down and listen to me and make things so much easier. But obviously I know that will never happen.

I don't want this post to make it look like I have nothing good to say about Sabrina. I love Sabrina to death, and she is very smart. She does very good in school and she does have friends. She loves going to school and she gets upset when she can't go. She actually had to stay home today because she is sick, but she wanted to go so bad. She started crying when I told her I had to call her bus to let them know they didn't have to pick her up.

If she gets hurt, she comes to me. Only me. She doesn't want Daddy. When she wakes up in the middle of the night, she'll come get in bed with us; next to me. She's also very silly, and does really cute things all the time.

I wonder how baby boy is going to be.


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