Thursday, January 31, 2013
My 4-year-old daughter seems to live to defy me. Last night, I picked out her outfit for her Tumbling class. This morning, she decided to make a huge mess in her room and lose her leotard. I told her not to touch her outfit or she would not be able to attend her class today. I try not to make empty threats, so since she chose to be defiant and lose her leotard, she is staying home in her room today.
It is just an extra slap in the face that she chooses to do this with this class. I am unemployed and babysit 2 kids for extra money. I choose to use part of this money to pay for her Tumbling class. I am really considering not letting her attend this class any more because of her behavior towards me. Babysitting a 6-month-old baby is not easy, and this is the money that pays for her class. If she is just going to be rude to me, I'm not going to pay for her class.
I wish that she would just learn that her actions have consequences. We ran into this same issue last week and it had the same result. I hope next week, there is a different result, but I doubt it. Punishments don't seem to phase her. She just repeats bad behavior over and over again.
I am trying to get her more physically active, because she is already overweight. It is rainy here, so it is hard to find a nice day to go outside. Unfortunately, she seems to take after my husband's side of the family. She has his metabolism, and I'm afraid she'll also end up with diabetes and fat in her liver, like him, too.
Any advice on dealing with defiant children is appreciated.