A Swiper In My Family?

MY VIEWS | | January 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm


My 2 (and a half) year old daughter has been having some real funky traits these days. I am not sure how much of it is the terrible twos or how much of it is going to make her lie on some couch spilling her guts about how her mother led her to this behavior. At first I caught her looking at a little house her sister (4 year old) had made and she came in and declared “I will huff and puff and blow down your house!” and promptly made true to her promise and squashed her sibling’s abode. Then I was not sure whether to be angry or laugh at her actions. I let it go. Maybe that was where I went wrong.

A short while later I caught her “swiping” her sister’s toy and throwing it, and then announcing “You will never find it now” (for those who don’t know this is what Swiper the fox says in Dora the Explorer). If you think that is not bad enough, she then adds a “hahaha” in a deep voice. How on earth is my princess and pink loving (2 things I totally dislike) little girl picking these nuances? Wondering if I should let me be or is this the taste of things to come?


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    Sheilacakes says:

    Swiper NO SWIPING! I bet it is just a phase I highly doubt she will grow up and be in prison! Just keep reinforcing your rules. She’ll get it.

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      winnie says:

      I think definitely a phase that will pass, I am going through similar things with my Mike ( who you have met ) he will be 3 in March. Recently we are going through this phase of him wanting to be annoying to older children, just ask Avi and Ria. He seems like he is focused on the fact that he can now do or take something, or in other words cause someone aggravation, he tends to focus on people that may have done something to him in the past and have gotten away with something. Your daughter is focused on her sister, she feels that she is bigger and can be up for the challenge.

      Just keep reinforcing the rules.

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    Maybe she was better off mimicking the grumpy old troll. He sings a catchy little tune….”I’m the grumpy old troll who lives under the bridge…If you wanna come over, all you have to do it this….SOLVE MY RIDDLE!”

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    Lauralee Hensley says:

    I wouldn’t get loud, but I’d take her physically by the hand and have her sit on the couch or a chair, and then I’d squat down, so that I was at eye level with her. In a soft voice I’d tell her that her doing whatever it was that she did, made you sad and was unkind to the other person (sister). I’d say I know you might have seen (character’s name here) so-and-so do this on your tv show/movie/cartoon, but that is make believe and real people don’t act like that because it isn’t nice. Tell her something like I’ll have to have you sit in the naughty corner for 2 minutes so you can think how you could be nice the next time. Then time the two minutes. After the two minutes have her go tell her sister she is sorry and won’t do that again.
    Just reinforce the rules, because if you don’t do it when they are young, it will be hard to get them to listen to rules and consequences when they are older.

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