She started out so tough.
Born weighing only 1 lb 5 oz, she had to fight from the start.
When I took her in for her four-month inoculations, she stared the nurse down and didn't even flinch.
When she somehow came down with shingles at 2 years old, she never cried or complained.
She's 3 1/2 now. And she's a cry-baby.
I hate to say it, but it's true. And I don't know what to do about it. My little girl throws herself on the floor and dissolves into tears dozens of times a day. It's frustrating. It's nerve-fraying. And, yes, it's also embarrassing. I really, really want it to stop.
It's not just when she gets hurts either. Or when she gets into trouble. If someone says to her, "Oh, be careful, Sweetie, you don't want to bump your head.", she collapses in sobs. There are times when I've COMPLIMENTED the child ("Good job, C! I love the way you did that!") and she loses it.
So we've tried giving her lots of "positive attention". We've tried ignoring the outbursts as much as possible. I've coddled and comforted. I've ignored or scolded. I've had no success.
I'm at my wit's end. Anyone have any success converting a cry-baby back to a pleasant child? I'm all ears...
(***Just a side-note for anyone wondering: this did NOT start when the new baby was born. It had been going on for at least six months before that event. I haven't noticed it getting any worse or better since baby G's arrival in June.)