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Daycare Center and Family Home Forum>Help with very emotional 6yr old girl please
AslansG1rl 10:44 AM 08-12-2014
Hi everyone!

I am a live in mother's helper. I have worked for this family for almost four years now, and they are amazing!

They have three kids. 11yr boy, 6yr girl, and 20month girl.

We have recently moved to a new state,(about a month ago) and dad is now working a new job and a LOT of hours. So, she (the 6yr) is dealing with a lot of change.

The kids are for the most part very well behaved, polite, respectful children.

The 6yr old girl is having a hard time lately, and I'm not sure what to do.

For example: this morning I asked her to choose a water bottle. She didn't choose one, so I chose one for her, but she didn't like it, so, acted moody, and wouldn't let me put water in it because she wanted a different one....

This afternoon, she and I were doing art, and she kept using too much glue, so her pieces kept sliding off. I showed her the amount to use. At first she was fine. I left the room for less than a minute and when i come back in, she is sobbing because she, "can't make it right" and it isn't working.

The other day she wouldn't eat her lunch because it was on the wrong plate...

Before we moved, she didn't have these behaviors. I am trying to be patient and understanding with her.

But I am staring to get irritated and I don't know what to do.

She has so many melt downs a day now, and I don't know how to handle this.

She has always been the sweetest, obedient, well behaved, lovable gem, and now, she is starting to have these melt downs, and an attitude, and resistance..

Any and all advice is appreciated.