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Re: We need help!!!
Aug 31, 2007
I know it is very frustrating when you have to repeat yourself so many times. My daughter is also 6 and we have good days and bad days.

I have established a routine with her. When she wakes up she will sit down for breakfast. After that she goes and gets dressed, brushes her hair and teeth, and then makes her bed. When she is done with that then I will fix her hair however she wants. It took a while to get her into this routine but it really works considering how slow she is to get moving in the morning. If we start running out of time we tell her to speed it up because she will end up being late for school. She hates being late because it cuts into her playground time.

My husband and I have made it so we do not tell her more than twice to do something. If we ask twice and it doesn't happen then there is a consiquence for it. For example, yesterday I told her I needed her to put away her dress up clothes. She didn't want to. I told her again, and this time said that if I had to repeat myself one more time that she would lose her radio for the rest of the day. Well, she loves her radio and her CDs so knowing that she would lose them prompted her to do exactly as was asked.

Maybe something along those lines would work for you, I don't know. I just know that an established routine and solid consiquences have worked for us.

Also, I think researching storms with her would be a good idea. Help her to understand what is going on. The more you know about something the less frightening it will be.

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