This is the face of a child who has been nothing but an angel since the day she was born. Seriously, she’s had about 9 time outs in her entire life and has always been compliant, joyful, and sweet. She has been easy to parent and we’ve never had any real behavioral challenges with her.
Until last week.
This is now the face of a child who has apparently decided that we are morons and she no longer has to listen to us.
And I honestly don’t know what the heck to do about it.
I have threatened and followed through on time outs this week that have barely made a dent.
Here’s a classic example:
She climbs onto the livingroom chair and stands up.
I remind her that we don’t stand on furniture and to please sit on her bottom.
So, she squats down (still on her feet!) and says, “I do this?” To which I reply, “please sit on your BOTTOM.”
So, she sits on the arm of the chair and says, “I do this? I’m on my bottom.”
Which leaves me fuming, but technically, she has done what I asked, although she is well aware that I’ve left her a HUGE loophole.
Last night she decided to put her feet on the dinner table DURING DINNER. Out of ideas, I threatened to take away her beloved stuffed kitty, the one that she sleeps with every single night, if she didn’t take her feet off the table. She sat there, looked me dead in the face, inched her feet to the edge of the table, and threw me a glare that said, “No watcha gonna do?” So, the kitty slept with me last night.
Although I want her to grow independent and learn to make good choices, defiance isn’t on the menu here.
So, I’m opening this up for advice from you all. Any words of wisdom? Are there any glorious stories of success or humorous tales of failure that you’d be willing to share with me?