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HUGE Behavioral Issues with my 4 year old! (didn't know what catagory to put this in)

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February 18th, 2011, 09:45 AM
proudmommy2006.2009.2011's Avatar Regular
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I'm having HUGE behavioral issues with my 4 year old daughter. I don't know what is going on with her lately. For the past month or so, she has been acting up like crazy. Back talking, throwing huge temper tantrums (different from her normal ones), destroying things, hitting her sister with toys... and the list could go on and on forever. She's never acted like this.

I've tried so many different punishments, like, spanking her, sitting her on her bed or corner, taking away toys and tv priviledges. Nothing is working. She thinks its a joke. I can be yelling at her, and she sits there and just smiles and laughs at me like it funny. Its like she doesn't care that she's in trouble. And I know what some people are probbly thinking, NO I don't let her get away with things.

I know some things are typical 4 year old situations. But I have a feeling some of them aren't. Like lately, I've been telling her to go sit on the potty (we've been potty training now for over 2 years), and she'll throw a fit, storm back the hallway and slam the bathroom door, something that before she never did. And for the past 2 days she will get into all the soaps and lotions and pour them all over my bathroom, also something she's never done before.

We haven't had any huge changes lately. Can anyone help me? I need productive ideas to deal with my daughter's outbursts.
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February 18th, 2011, 03:03 PM
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It could be ODD? If so, I don't know how to deal with it, but you could talk to your ped about getting a pediatric psychologist/psychiatrist.

Children With Oppositional Defiant Disorder | American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) - MayoClinic.com

Oppositional defiant disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mental Health: Oppositional Defiant Disorder
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April 14th, 2011, 03:09 PM
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In some ways it sounds like she is testing her boundries. But in others it sounds much worse than that. I have times that my DD and DS will act up this way, doing things they know they shouldn't. It seems to happen more when we are too busy and they aren't getting enough time with us. We both work outside the home. Sometimes my DS will get bad if he hasn't had a nap. Have you stopped doing naps? Does it happen at one time of day or just all day long? If there is a pattern then perhaps you could find the triggers. I hope things get better soon for you.

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