Amelia Does It All By Herself

Amelia is becoming increasingly more independent.

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She has always wanted to be a big girl but now she wants to do EVERYTHING by herself. She picks out her own outfits and dresses herself. If I try to help at all she gets really mad and screams, “Amelia does it all by herself!” I love the outfits she creates my only complaint is that she still refuses to take pictures for me!

I try to give Amelia as much freedom as I can because there are things she has to do like take her asthma medication. This has been the hardest part of her having asthma. We are still using a nebulizer because we can usually get her to sit still if we put TV on. But she has to sit still for 10 minutes which is very hard for her. She knows how to do an inhaler but some days when she is feeling extra feisty she refuses to take it. I am trying my best to honor her independent spirit because it’s one of my favorite things about her but some days the whole situation just makes me feel like the worst parent in the world.

Occasionally, we end up bribing her to take her nebulizer with lollipops which I hate doing. I don’t want her to need gifts in order to do something that she may have to do multiple times a day… but I also want her to take the medicine that could prevent her from having to go to the ER again.

Any tips on getting a stubborn child to take medicine?

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9 Responses to “Amelia Does It All By Herself”

  1. Karen May 7, 2015 at 9:57 AM #

    What about a reward system. She earns a sticker or star for each time she takes her medicine without complaint and then after a set amount she gets to pick a prize out of a basket or something. It is still a form of bribery but she isn’t getting something each time other than a sticker. I had to do something similar with David at the recommendation of his specialist. He had developed poor sleep habits and as a result it was affecting his whole life. His neurologist at Sick Kids told me she didn’t care what I did but he needed to change his sleeping habits. She told me to bribe him. We did the sticker/reward program and then slowly weaned him off it. His big rewards were a pack of Pokemon cards from the dollar store. One pack for 5 stickers.

    • Shannon May 10, 2015 at 8:06 PM #

      Thanks Karen. We started a sticker chart and at 5 she is getting a new figurine that she chooses. Thanks for telling me a specialist said bribing is ok lol! It makes me feel better!

  2. snarkysarcasticbish May 7, 2015 at 1:41 PM #

    Bribing is how it sometimes has to be. Kids will not be spoiled by bribing and it saves ya a headache. Don’t worry, it’s okay. I think the sticker one is an amazing idea. Good luck and you are still doing a great job Mom!!! Happy Mother’s Day sweetie!!!

  3. missquee May 7, 2015 at 6:49 PM #

    The trick of rewarding her is good, but think about all the possibilities of rewards you can. It doesnt have to be lollys, it could be special time with mom or dad only, à special activity, gorgoing to bed 15 minutes later (on a day you choose that wont affect much). The possibilities are endless!!!

  4. star71 May 8, 2015 at 6:12 AM #

    We bribe Ian with a Jelly Belly jellybean…
    AFTER he takes his medicine… He gets to pick 3, b/c he’s 3 now… Jellybeans… And when he’s 4 it’ll go to 4… etc…
    And it works… He doesn’t complain anymore b/c he wants those jellybeans…
    We started it with potty-training and have carried it through with everything… It works!!! :0)

    Good Luck… Asthma can be nasty in kids…

    • Shannon May 10, 2015 at 8:04 PM #

      Thanks… I hate asthma so much. I had asthma when I was a kid so i thought I would understand it better but her asthma is so much different than mine.

      • star71 May 11, 2015 at 8:01 AM #

        It could be the air/pollution in the city too, compared to growing up where you did…
        Plus things have changed so much since we were little… (esp.me) LOL…
        At least you can be around the Albuterol… I’m allergic to it and someone else has to give it to my kids if they get a respiratory infection…
        The weeks are moving fast…
        Hope all is going well…

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