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Nov 24, 2007

Mia, Mia, Mia...

The girl is driving me really crazy these days. She is in a particularly feisty, stubborn, disobedient, destructive, stage.

Since her behavior has put her on the naughty list lately, we've been keeping a close eye on her and within arms reach. Today, she was left on her own for 15- 20 minutes and in that time she took the scissors to her little sister's head. She denied it, twice, when asked directly. I changed tactics for the third query and simply asked "where are the scissors?" That did it. We considered shaving her head as a consequence, or perhaps giving Ruby the scissors and letting her cut Mia's hair. (Both were dismissed, grudgingly)

She has destroyed multiple toys, screamed, cried, hit her siblings, and can't seem to follow directions at.all. We've tried love and logic, natural consequences, positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, logical consequences, patience, yelling, reminders, lowering expectations, raising expectations...

I know it will pass, and we'll figure something out, but for the moment, I'm at a loss and so frustrated. Arghhh...

6 comments:

nailgirl said...

It must be something in the air. Lexie is driving me insane in the membrane!!

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elena jane said...

hope the phase passes very soon!! for her and for you both :-)

Nicki Mann said...

Have you tried 1-2-3 Magic? It has worked wonders for me with several different kids I've lived with! YOu have to read the whole book though and follow it to a T.

Tricia said...

1-2-3 magic? that's one I've never heard of, I'll have to take a look.

Today, she pulled buttons off a quilt, handed them to us and said she didn't do it????? AHHHH...

Jess said...

I find a small cocktail for mommy helps after a day of son's defiant behavior. This weekend, aka holiday overstimulation, was hard.

Cheers!