John Rosemond - Parenting Expert
Stop catering to precocious
Q: Our 3-year-old daughter is very, very intelligent
for her age. I know all parents think their children are smart but several
doctors have told us she is very advanced. When she turned two, she
knew her colors, how to count to ten, her ABCs, and was talking like
a 5-year-old. She orders her own food at restaurants, and when asked
by the waitress how her meal is, she will say “It was splendid!
I truly enjoyed it.” She’s so advanced her pre-school teacher
took her out of the toddler class and moved her in with the 4’s
and 5’s. Our problem is that she doesn’t seem to understand
that she’s a child and needs to respect adult authority. She will
talk back and use a tone of voice as if we are the children and she
is the parent. She recently told my mother that she was the boss of
the house, not us. She’s become very demanding about things like
what she wants to eat, and needless to say, she doesn’t obey us
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