Quote Vertigobarbie: Rave: Emma being bratty. It's natural that a child her age would act out, especially since a woman she doesn't like and has flat out told her that she didn't want Emma around is going to give birth to her little brother or sister. Emma picked up on those feelings right away and most children don't like change. Children are more aware of what goes on around them than a lot of people think. Tempertantrums, talking back to your parents and acting out is all a part of childhood. No child is perfect, nor is any parent perfect.
While Patrick should have been the one to explain things to her, Sabrina did a good job. Be honest with children about a situation but you don't have to go into detail.
I remember reading an article years ago about how to answer the difficult questions your child can ask you. The example used in the article was a man was at home sitting down reading the newspaper and his young son, about 5 or 6, asked him what a homosexual was. He didn't hem and haw or beat around the bush but he did pause for a moment. The man told his son; you know how mommy and daddy love each and the son answered yes. The man went on to say that when two men or two women love each other they way mommy and daddy do they are a homosexual. The son's response was okay daddy and that was the end of it. He answered his son without going into a lot of detail and his son was happy because daddy answered his question. (Sorry for going off on a tangent there.LOL)
In my nanny/caregiver days I had something similar happen to me with one of the children I was caring for. When I told his parents about it later that day, his mother's reaction was oh thank God it was you and not me. LOL
Rant: Morgan - S.T.F.U!!!
Really Britt are you in high school? ~) A supposedly "well respected" Dr and you're acting like an immature idiot. Oh wait, that's right you do need Mommy to fix things for you because you and your inept peon Brad can't manage it on your own. ~)
I can't wait for her house of cards to collapse around her and then mommy can tell her how disappointed she and daddy Faison are in her.
IA about Emma. It is typical for a youngster to act out. Apparently she needed someone to acknowledge her feelings which Sabrina did. Then Pattie stepped up and asked her to apologize which she did, rather sincerely I might add.
I worked in day care for quite a few years when my kids were young and I really disliked it when people put labels on kids, ie, brat, troublemaker, class clown, etc. Kids pick up on it and tend to live up to the expectation in my experience. A wise director once told me it's more effective to tell kids the behavior you want them to emulate rather than telling them what you don't want to see. Clear expectations. And great advice. :)