Elizabooth
Hi, my daughter has just turned 4 and I’m struggling with her behaviour. She doesn’t listen to us, and I mean literally blocks us out, I could be less than a foot away and shouting her name and she just stares into space, she doesn’t have a hearing problem so must be ignoring us. She has a tantrum over the slightest problem and often ends up making herself physically sick if we can’t calm her down. She often hits her older sister in temper. She has never slept well but over the last few weeks it has gotten worse, she wakes around 2am and tries to get in our bed, we tell her no and take her back to her bedroom and tuck her in, this will be repeated all night, usually resulting in a huge tantrum which wakes her siblings. I really don’t know what to do, I feel like I need to take her somewhere to be looked at but I don’t know who. For a bit of background, we’re a 2 parent family, we’re pretty happy and laid back most of the time so she’s got a relaxed home life, she has a 6 year old sister and an 18 month old brother, she spends a lot of time outside or drawing so is not constantly staring at a screen. Sorry for the long post. 
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familylives
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult and upsetting situation. This could just be a phase she's going through, but you know your daughter best and if you're worried about her behaviour you can discuss this behaviour with your GP. Consistency and repetition usually helps with younger children, stick to your guns and, as simply as you can, explain to her why this behaviour is unacceptable. You may find it helpful to read our articles on challenging behaviour. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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