Severe child sensitivity
April 28, 2010 8:56 AM Subscribe
I have no idea how to discipline my 3 year old's particular sensitivity.
posted by esereth to human relations (35 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
She's a well-behaved little girl, no aggression, no unusual introversion or other behavior problems. But if you tell her "no" or "stop" in even the gentlest of tones, she reacts like you've hit her. She crumples and then runs sobbing down the hall. EVERY TIME. She puts herself in the corner, or sobs in her bedroom.
She doesn't do it if a toy breaks, or if she loses something, or if she's not given a treat at the store. She doesn't do it with other children. Just when we express disappointment or chastise her.
I've tried ignoring the behavior, compartmentalizing it ("if you're gonna cry you have to go to the cry-corner") and teaching her to "breathe it out" (deal with her bad feelings). And I'm afraid I've certainly tried being angry at it. Nothing works, nothing stops these over-reactions.
Any experience on dealing with a massively sensitive pre schooler?