My 8-year-old daughter is suffocating me!
OK, I'm new to message boards, but I'm desperate. (Well, not yet, but summer break starts Thursday, so I will be soon.) My 8-year-old daughter is a wonderful, creative, energetic, beautiful little girl. I love her to death and do spend time with her (I work fulltime as a teacher, so I have summers off too), but I also need my own space. My issue with her is that she wants my attention 24/7 and then some. She is extremely competitive with her 10-year-old brother (in all things, including my attention). When I do give her my attention, she is loving life. If I'm not, she's spending all her energy trying to get it back. Unfortunately, when I feel like she is suffocating me, I do give her warnings, but she doesn't back off, and often I find myself yelling at her to leave me alone and give me room. This is certainly not the adult/mature way to handle this, but I am pushed to my limit several times a week. In the past, I have tried giving her scheduled "Mommy/Suzie time" and that worked for a short time, but even that got to be frustrating as she demanded more and more things out of that. I need some strategies from the wonderful parents out there as to what to say, or what to do, or how to handle things so I don't get to the frustrated point so quickly. I'd also love to modify her behavior, because I see some of these same behaviors with friends. She tries to monopolize an activity and is seen as a bully sometimes. Thanks in advance for your help!!