My daughter is 5, she just finished Pre-K and is a very happy healthy smart girl. She makes me so proud of her!
However, there is something that's been happening recently, probably more frequently since she turned 5 in January, that has everyone concerned. My mother, my sister, her teachers and some friends have all voiced concerns and opinions on what to do for her. At the slightest occurance of something she doesn't like or want, she screams hysterically and cries very loudly and it is very very hard to get her to control her emotions. It can be brought on my anything like dinner being something different than she wants, video game/tv time is over, her sister is using a crayon she wants, we're reading a different book than the one she wants, I forgot to mend or fix a toy, etc etc etc. Sometimes, rarely I can talk to her and reason with her to get control over it quickly or before it becomes too hysterical. However, most times, she just screams and cries and is miserable. And this in turn makes me miserable, so I'm stressed and I just cave into stress eating and not exercising.
The advice I've been given is to just ignore it so that she doesn't get the attention she's trying to get or getting her into counseling so that she can talk out her issues. It's very hard to just ignore it because we live in a small apartment with very close neighbors. And in public we try to stop it right away so we don't draw negative attention. I just don't know how to teach her to deal with her emotions more appropriately.
So, my question is, is my baby just being a spoiled brat (a definite possiblilty), suffering from "middle child syndrome", or maybe something more serious like an emotional issue that needs to be addressed? please help!
"Try Not, Do or Do Not. There is No Try" - Yoda, Jedi Master
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