Today was my daughter's first ballet class (she's 4), and she was downright embarrassing. She kept yelling things at the teacher -- "Can I play with that teddy bear?" "My turn! Me! Me!" -- and the teacher actually had to turn off the music and stop the class because in the middle of another little girl taking a turn dancing, Adriana ran up to the teacher and started yelling questions at her! I was mortified, and the teacher was really annoyed. I'm sure the other parents were annoyed too; I know I would be if another child was wasting everyone else's time like that. This continued, with the teacher reprimanding her, until the end of the 1-hour class.
My daughter has always been loud and strong-willed, but this was just downright disrespectful. She acts like this at home all the time, but I was really shocked to see her act like this in public. I have tried explaining to her that she is being rude, I've tried standing her in the corner for time-out, I've even tried spanking her and sending her to bed when she just persists in acting like such a brat! I hate to talk about my daughter this way, but it's true. I don't know how to teach such a stubborn and strong-willed child how to use her manners. It's like she has no concept of what manners even are. My son is the complete opposite (he's 2); he will obey whatever you ask him to do, and if he disobeys and is put in time-out, he actually learns from it. Does anyone else have a child like this? Does anyone else know what I'm talking about? It's like there is not one form of discipline I have tried that works with her, and I am a "spare the rod and spoil the child" type of parent.