Daycare provider

I have a little girl who can change personality at any given moment. She turns into this violent, crazed child.

She will spit in my face, cuss me out using words no 4 year old should know, slap, hit, and bite me. She will scream at the top of her lungs for hours straight. She is very destructive during these tantrums. Her whole face seems to change. Then she can completely turn it off. Her mother took her to the doctor and they said it was normal for her to through tantrums.

I've been working with children her age for many years and these tantrums are unlike any I've ever seen. Sometimes it can go away for several weeks then come back times 10. Should we be concerned? I really don't feel like anything bad is going on at home. She has been with me for a long time, and her sister is nothing like this. I really care about the family, but don't know how much more I can take.

Dear daycare provider

It is never normal for a child to spit and curse in such a way, slap ,hit , bite or otherwise behave aggressively for long periods of time.

I would recommend that you consider encouraging the family to take the child for some counseling to get help with her anger.

You also may consider that 1) doctors are frequently wrong in my experience about these kinds of issues 2) the family may not have given the doctor the full range of behaviors you are describing.

Good luck to you!!!!!!!

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