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Daddy moved back in...My 3 1/2 year old acting worse than ever

Hi.  My husband and I split up for about a year.  He was never out of the picture, just not living with us.  She would go to his place everyother weekend, and he would be with us atleast 1 night in between.  Now he has moved back in and we are doing well....except...our daughter (3 1/2) has completely shifted her behavior.  She doesn't listen, she laughs when she is punished (time out), I have had two babysitters say that she is so out of control that they can no longer watch her.  What do I do?  She was doing so well until the last month.  Now she's not sleeping in her own bed.  I think it might be part to do with the fact that she doesn't have mommy all to herself, but then again, I'm not around when the babysitters watch her. That hasn't changed, and they were the same babysitters who have watched her over the passed year.  PLEASE HELP!  Timeouts don't work, taking away toys doesn't work, I'm at a loss of what to do.  
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152852 tn?1205713426
If you aren't fighting in front of her (raising your voices, arguing, getting upset), and if not much has changed for her since her dad moved back in (like she wasn't sleeping with you while you were apart and now she's not allowed), it could just be a normal phase--something that would have happened regardless of living arrangements.

I would just stick with one thing (time out, for example) and be consistent--both of you do the same thing.  Every single time she behaves a way that is not acceptable, she's in time out.  I had a time out area for my son (now 12 years old)--he was so squirmy and wouldn't/couldn't stay in a chair, so the time out area was a bench in the entryway of our house.  It was a small, confined area and he would sit on the bench, move to the floor, sit on the stairs, etc.  I let him move around, but he had to stay in that area (where there were no toys or anything interesting).  One minute for every year old and at the end, ask her why she had to sit there.  Give her positive alternatives--for example, don't say, "No throwing toys!" instead, say, "Toys stay on the floor or in your hand."  Don't say, "No hitting!.", instead say, "Gentle hands." or "Soft touching only."

And I would have a sitter keep her really busy--if you're gone for two hours, have the sitter keep her very busy--take her outside to blow bubbles, write on the sidewalk with chalk, play with the hose or sprinkler, play in the sandbox, take her for a walk in the stroller, take her inside and play with play-doh, have her help bake cookies, have her sort dried beans, string beads, paint, read books to her, dance to music, sing songs, etc.  Just keep her busy.  If she's busy and focused, she's less likely to be busy and into things or behaving inappropriately for attention.

All the best to you and your family.
535822 tn?1443976780
Absolutly as Agiesmom says and make sure the Baby sitters are playing with her , ask them when you come in, with your Daughter there ,what Fun did they all have.
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