UGH! KIDS!

So I made a rosary that someone purchased on my etsy and was going to send it out today. I put it in my bedroom with the rest of my jewelry as I usually do. After putting the kids on the bus this morning I found that the rosary was MISSING! As soon as I found it was gone I knew immediately who did it. MY DAUGHTER! I looked real quick around the house in her usual hiding places but it was a no go. Finally I called the school and told the teacher to take it if she sees my daughter has it! We went to pick it up and I was right, the little bugger had it! Thankfully it wasn't damaged but this is the last straw! My daughter has been getting into EVERYTHING for the past week and has completely destroyed my house in the process. I'm about ready to send her off to an all girls school or something even though she's only 3. lol I need to know how to get this kid out of this bad habit of getting into things and taking stuff that doesn't belong to her! *screams at the top of her lungs*

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post
28 replies since 12th October 2010 • Last reply 12th October 2010

oh geez! that would drive me crazy as well. if i don't put my craft stuff away my little ones get into that too. but they don't hide anything. i don't know the best way to discipline your daughter but maybe if you give her some play jewelry maybe she will leave yours alone? including her when you are crafting may make her feel special so she doesn't need to get your attention the wrong way by hiding your things? just throwing some ideas out there. good luck momma

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

I've tried that. I make her jewelry too but if she doesn't break it my son does. She has a purse I made her(just a tiny tote with beads I sewed on) and that's the ONLY thing she's never broke. She loves the stuff I make but doesn't know how to treat it. Happy My son gets jealous of me making stuff for her but even if I make him a keychain he breaks it then expects me to fix it!

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

Unfortunatly that's how kids are. My nephews are the same, I can't say the same for girls because my only niece is 4 months old. Boys are very destructive in general. The only thing I can say is probably what you are already doing, explaining to her that lying and stealing are wrong blah blah blah. It's probably just a phase that they'll grow out of.

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

my little sister who is 8 does that! I'm afraid no matter how old they get, doesn't matter- they see something they want they take it.

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

Ugh... Don't tell me that, I still have 15 years until I can boot her out of my house! LOL But I know it's true, my oldest sister never outgrew stealing things from everyone. I found a shirt that went missing a decade ago in her closet a few years ago.

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

DANG KIDS, GET OFF MY LAWN!!

(It's what I thought of when I saw your post.)

You have my sympathy--if it's any consolation, my cat does the same thing.

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

I don't know much about kids (and I will never ever get one if it's up to me alone) but I have even trained my cats to sit before they get their food.. surely it must be possible to train your kid as well? (cause raising/training is basically the same, right? Tongue )

I've no idea how well you can communicate with a 3-year old but have you tried asking her why she does it and explaining that it is not nice when people loose things?

My mom always told me that I was the perfect child to go shopping with: never touching anything.
However, I also drove my mother crazy at times, so much that she had to let me sleep over at other people's places so she could wind down a bit....
I'll help you hope that it is just a phase. But keep communicating with your children. ;-)

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

I suggest going back to the old methods of child raising. Storytelling! I mean, have you ever read the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales? People used to tell children horrifying tales to scare them into behaving and being cautious and good. Tell your kids about Baba Yaga and see if that doesn't help!

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

Oh jeez! Sounds like you need to get all tough love on them both! I'd say start taking away toys and putting them both in time out maybe even when they get home sit down with them and read stories or get them to try to watch a show or movie or even get them to start crafting themselves! Just have quiet time and settle down maybe that'll help with their crazyness works for my brother and sister in law.

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

UNfortunately we have tried taking things away as well. I think my children are just the devil in disguise. :o They are permanently banned from crayons, markers, or anything else that colors until they learn to behave better(the walls in my son's room need to be repainted from the LAST time they had anything like crayons!). I don't trust them with any crafting projects after that. I want to craft with them but I know it wouldn't be a fun experience. I can just imagine it, my daughter putting glue in her hair and my son eating the glitter. D:

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

I agree with the original Grimm's Fairy Tale Collection idea. ;)

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

@Felicity: three is kind of harsh :/ my parents would always give me a tap on the but and I knew they meant buisness but three? No way!

I also agree spanking is a good last resort as is making them take a nap they HATE that. Personally I think the best form of dicipline on really young children is rejection they do something bad you tell them "go to your room I dont even want to be around you right now your not nice." little kids cant stand rejection and they automatically react to it and realize that they hurt you by what they did. For example my niece is 2 a few days before her brother was born she kept playing with his baby swing after we told her no she was testing us and kept playing with it. We didnt want her to play with it while he was in there in case she got too rough so I picked her up carried her across the room put her down and walked away she IMMEDIATLY reacted she started crying and asking me to pick her up she gave me a hug I calmed her down told her not to play with the swing, never had a problem after that. It's simple but effective children are REALLY sensitive it's why 'experts' always say to make sure to praise your kids a lot and express your feelings for them. Even through adulthood we usually have a kind of yearning for our parents love/approval.

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

@abbie Well, 3 would be alot if you hit them hard.Its supposed to be more of a light tap. If the first one is hard you shouldn't give them any more. Rejection doesn't work for every child. Some are too sensitive, I don't think a child should EVER feel as if their parents don't want to be around them. Esp. if they have low self-confidence.

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post

We do the light taps and that doesn't do anything. My kids laugh at me sometimes when I do it. Sometimes I think they enjoy getting in trouble.

Edit Delete
Moderate: Hide this post


Reply