It seems that it was trying to be away from home. But I think it can be that way any time we are not in our own home. But I feel that some parenting skills could have been used where she was at. I am recommending that the book You're Not the Boss of Me: Brat Proofing Your 4- to 12- Year Old Child become a new parenting bible for some.
I know that we all wish to friends with our children. Alas we are parents first. And if we continue to do all to make the kiddos always happy then we will have brats for sure. Now I am not against happy kids. I am against kids that yell, kick, scream and hit to get their way. And more so the parents that have helped enforced this behavior. I know you have seen them. That kid kicking in the middle of the store while yelling "I want, I want!" at the top of their lungs. And that mom or dad there who scoop them up and hand them what they want to have them stop yelling. My goodness, my mom (yes, Granny M.) would have taken me out and had a good talking to with me in the car. One that would have me looking hang dog faced for the rest of the afternoon.
Instead it seems that I have heard more "No!" "Stop!" "Mine!" than I ever wish to hear again from kids. I am so glad that Betsy Brown Braun has a book to help parents deal with the behavior of out of control kids. There are wonderful tips to stop the Gimmes, White Lies and how to show empathy and gratitude. Better yet you can help your kiddos become responsible, respectful and self reliant. Doesn't that sound wonderful?
And there is a special feature on 100 Ways to Say "Good Job!" Oh yes, that is a very important part of teaching behavior. Positive reinforcement works. Just like I can say here......Great Job all of y'all for the friendly visit!
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.