Okay, I need some motherly advice from all you experts out there. My three year old has put a new play into action that has me wondering what to do. Yesterday I snapped at her for making a mess or something (I am such a mean mom) and she looked and me and stomped up to her room and began wailing at the top of her lungs, "Mommy doesn't love me anymore, Mommy doesn't love me anymore." This broke my heart. So I calmed down, and asked her to come talk to me and we cuddled on the couch and I asked her why she thought I didn't love her anymore and she said, "because you are mad at me." I explained that just because I get mad doesn't mean I don't love her, and that she is not allowed to say that I don't love her anymore because its not true, and we only tell the truth. She seemed happy with our little chat, and it seemed to make everything better. Later, Dylan told her to put her jammies on and she didn't want to go to bed so Dylan told her to get upstairs and get her jammies on. Once again she pulled the, "Daddy doesn't love me anymore." He talked to her, and then sent her to bed. Again, a third time now, she is screaming mommy and daddy don't love me anymore. I let her cry it out and about 45min later she finished and then I went up and kissed her good night and told her I loved her.
Am I a terrible mother? Is this normal behavior? Where is it coming from? Does she really believe that we don't love her or has she figured out how to manipulate us one more way? What is the best way to handle this? Help!!!
3 hours ago