Meeting her needs

by Nadine

I am a mother of a 14 month old girl. Up until a few weeks ago she was the perfect child. She always slept in her crib, played by herself didn't want to be held all time, perfect at a restaurant...but recently everything changed.

Now she cries whenever you tell her 'no' or whenever things don't go her way. She still sleeps in her bed. It's just whenever she's awake she is a little devil.

I tried to ignore it but she would not stop crying and I feel I am not a good mom by not meeting her needs. But I also don't want to spoil her by giving in. Please help… I just want her to be happy.

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Babies discover manipulation
by: Reena

Babies discover manipulation about now I think. They realize that certain behavior will produce certain results. Tantrums and all sorts of attention seeking tactics will make their presence felt about now. That and the fact that she just seems to need interaction. She is an age when it is no longer amusing to be by herself and she wants two way communication, and a response to her overtures. After all it is human interaction that teaches kids everything they learn at this age.

Do not give it to her when it is required that you be firm, but also try and spend some good quality one-on-one time with her. Hope that helps.

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