My daughter comes home with a bad attitude
Name: Jayme Quick
Question: Dear Jen and Barb. I discovered your site through an ad. I love it!~ So here is MY question. I have a 6 year old daughter. We are a blended family and she sees her paternal grandmother quite often. Sometimes twice a month because her father doesn’t ask for her (he lives with his mother). Every time she comes home she has a HORRIBLE attitude. Doesn’t listen, backtalks at every chance she gets, is generally just a not LISTENING child or a THINKING child Like I have taught her. Takes me WEEKS sometimes longer to get her back to the way we have taught her and by that time GMA is asking for her again. How do we fix this so that it doesn’t happen EVERY time?? Please help!
Jayme, Thank you for reaching out to us. The first step would be talking to her Grandmother about the situation. It takes a village and her Grandmother is part of that village. It can be confusing for children to have a blended family and they may act out as they don’t have the ability to understand their emotions. I would start by talking to her Grandmother about the rules that she has at her house vs. the rules at yours and see if you can be a united front. I hope this helps. Please let us know how it goes and if you are still having problems, please write back. Best, Jen