My beloved Big Sprout is becoming a royal pain in the butt. We have had issues the last couple of years with her being snotty and rude, but I thought we had dealt with most of it.
I was evidently wrong.
Lately she has been more and more sarcastic and snotty in her attitude to everyone. I have tried everything from explaining that her behavior is hurtful to giving it right back at her and then telling her that that is how she sounds when she talks to us.
Nothing seems to be working.
I have combed parenting sites and books looking for an answer to this problem, and the general consensus seems to be "gentle but firm". Yeah, right.
I am considering some sort of punishment, but can't seem to figure out what is appropriate. Is losing TV privileges enough? How about soap in the mouth? I have never really spanked my kids (the closest I think I got was slapping Big Sprout's hands away from a hot stove), but I have been considering taking up the practice.
I don't want my child to be that nasty little brat that no one wants to talk to or have around, and right now I feel like that is who she is being. I think it is important she learn to express herself in a more constructive way. The worst part is that I don't even think she really realises she is being so mean. When I say something about it, she always acts as if she is surprised and hurt that I would say that to her. I have heard that this is part of the age she is at, but I don't think I (or anyone else, for that matter) should have to listen to it.
If any of you out there in parent-land have any pointers, I would be grateful!