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how do i control a too smart for her own good, defiant 3 year

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how do i control a too smart for her own good, defiant 3 year old girl. shes "escaped" 2 times and been brought back by police (even after i changed the locks to double sided key locks)
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  proexpert37 replied 5 years ago.
Hello and Thank You for using Just Answer. Are you saying that your daughter actually left the house? Where did she go? What times did she leave? Are both parents in the home? Have there been any major recent life stressors? Thank you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
yes she left the house and walked down the street. early morning is when she left, but shes told us she was trying to go to school with big kids so we know where she was trying to go. but we have a very large 2 story house and its sometimes hard to find her hiding places when she is the only child home. she has 2 older siblings. corbin, 7 abby, 9. her and corbin seem to be at eachothers throats because my 3 yo is 2 inches shorter but weighs just about the same as corbin. i think corbin feels like he is no longer the young baby that got al the attention.
Yes both parents are in the home my fiance and i are always home together at night. she stays home during the day while i work. no recent stressors besides financial as any family has.
Expert:  proexpert37 replied 5 years ago.

First of all, install locks that are high enough on your main exit doors that your daughter cannot reach. Another alternative is to have a motion alarm with a loud sound that goes off when your daughter is up moving about the house in the middle of the night.


Make sure she is aware of strangers and bad people lurking outside in the night.


Also, start focusing on the things that she does well with. Create a positive behavior sticker chart. Every time sge behaves well, give her a sticker. After about 5-10 stickers, she receives a special treat. When she misbehaves, she receives nothing.


If her behavior seems more out of control than you deem resonable for a three year old, then please pay a visit to her pediatrician. There may be underlying conditions that need to be evaluated.

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