Our 4 yr old has very recently started to "talk back" and/or say rude stuff to us. She is getting sassy with us.
Is this normal 4 yr old developmental behaviour?
Should we ignore it? Call her on it? Punish her some way for it?
We dont really "punish" her for anything. Although if she is getting really rambinctious or doing things to hurt her brothers we do force her to take some "chill out time" on the stairs. We allow her to tell us when she is done. Unless she decides after 10 seconds, then we help her to decide on a longer chill out time :)
As of now I just say stuff like "That is being very rude. Please don't speak to me like that"
It doesn't really work as she will just say "You're being rude!"
I do tell her it is not ok for her to talk to us like that.
She is going through some things.
She just turned 4.
She is starting jr. Kindergarten in Sept and excited but a bit anxious about it.
She has almost 8 month old twin brothers, and the novelty is definitely wearing off for her recently. I think she is just realizing that they are here to stay and will be needy for quite some time.
We do A LOT with her. "Fill her cup" as much as we can. Lots of cuddles, play time, reading, one on one time with each parent, etc.
Part of me thinks it is a normal 4 yr old milestone. But then part of me fears that she is turning into a little monster and if I don't curb the behaviour now I will have a rude, obnoxious, delinquent on my hands soon enough.