Haven't posted at Huggies in so long, but it does come in handy for support and advice when times are tough.
My DD is 5 (6 in December this year), she is in kindergarten, and seems to be doing well. i.e. no complaints from the teacher, does well with her work etc. It is just her behaviour at home that is going down hill lately.
The back chatting and tantrum throwing are full on, and along with the tantrums comes the screaming, and kicking walls and doors etc. not just tears and crying but hysterical screaming and carrying on. She wont play with kids her own age unless i facilitate it with family friends kids etc. at school she hangs around with older girls and thinks kids her age at school are 'silly' and dont listen to her. I think because she sees herself as a leader at home being the big sister that she thinks she can boss around the kids her age at school and when they dont want a bar of it she hangs out with the older girls. I have been in tears today from a massive tantrum this morning before school and a massive tantrum this evening too. I know she is tired by the end of the week and this makes matters worse but basically what i would like to know is how do i know, or what would you say, is the normal behaviour of a 5 year old girl and what could be something more such as a medical reason for her behavioural problems? is this something i should be getting her assessed on? how would i go about that if that is what you think i should check out? or is it a typical 5 year old girl thing where i just have to be consistent and keep following through with the consequences of her actions i.e. being sent to her room, having privileges taken away etc. I also do special one on one things with her so she gets time with me without her sister in tow etc. I suppose with a 2 year old that still wakes 6-7 times a night and now my daughters behaviour, i can only stretch myself so far as im exhausted.
Heidi 3 years & Annika 4 days