I wasn't sure where else to turn - I'm pregnant with our first child but my husband has a 5 yr old from a previous marriage. i need some advice on some discipline strategies. I'll start off by saying - my relationship with my step-daughter is great. there's just a few things that are driving me crazy. my husband doesn't have any clue on how to discpline on some things. he thinks i should just let it go - but I don't think. he brushes as some of it off as she's only 5, but shes' going to kindergarten next year and i think it's our job to teach her. so here's a few things i just don't know how to handle and need advice on:
1. standing in front of the TV. multiple times have told her to not stand in front of TB, does it anyway. i've turned the TV off and that just turns into a fight. any other suggetions?
2. Sometimes (increasinly so) she doesn't wipe herself after going to the bathroom. when i catch it, i make her go back in and wipe herself. the reason i catch it, she doesn't flush the toilet. how do i correct these issues? these are big ones for me before she goes to kindergarten.
3. this next one is hard to explain. she's constantly holding spit or food in her mouth and plays with it with her tongue. then she'll stick her tongue out and let it sit between her lips. it's disgusting!! so i'm constantly telling her to keep her spit in her mouth. what else can i do?
4. first thing she says when we pick her up from day care of she walks in the front door - asks what's for supper and immediately start complaining. all she wants is hotdogs or anything to be made in the microwave. i tell her she'll eat what we make and i don't want to hear it. i'm come to REALLY detest the questions - what's for supper? or the word I'm hungry.
Overall - i'm basically tired of repeating myself on the same issues EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!! Any advice?? please???