So this is probably going to be a lengthy post, so please refill you glass and get comfy.
I have a (just turned) 7 year old daughter. she is the oldest child and has a 3 year old brother.
We are having lots of issues with her and her moods/tantrums/tears/behaviour/lack of ability to just play and her high dependancy on the TV/computer.
She bursts into tears at the drop of a hat for all and everything that goes wrong. (she lost a ladybug yesterday and burst in to tears like she had broken her arm). Her emotions seem to be set a cry for everything like there is no tomorrow and it is starting to concern me. Tears seem to be the first emotion she turns to for everything bad.
She struggles to play, and often replies with "i don't know how to play" when she is told to go and play. We (hubby and I) often start out the play experience with her then say we need to do other jobs and leave her. But she looses interest as soon as we walk away.
Her first response when her brother does something wrong is to yell at the top of her voice and is always complaining about what he does or does not do.
We limit both of their TV/computer time and are always having to encourage them to get outside and play. We spend a lot of time with each of them, interacting with them thru game play or reading/cooking/sewing etc. Time is also spent one on one with them.
I need help in trying to understand why she is in tears all the time, why she struggles to play and is alway ( I MEAN ALWAYS) bored.
Is this hormones or prepuberty? Is this normal?
We have sat down with her often to ask what the problem is and she can never tell me or her Dad what the issue is.
Any ideas what could be the issue?