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A single mother desperate to get her violent six-year-old daughter under control was finally able to take charge thanks to the help of an expert child psychologist.
Lisa, 29, who lives with her parents in Oldbury, Birmingham, had struggled with daughter Demi's vicious outbursts, and would regularly be on the receiving end of kicks, slaps, punches and hair pulling at the hands of her angry child.
Lisa - Mother - Sharon - Pair - Demi
Lisa's mother Sharon, 57, had to constantly intervene to break the pair up - despite regularly being subjected to Demi's vicious temper herself.
At the end of their tether with Demi - who understood she had a 'naughty side' - Lisa sought help from Laverne Antrobus in Channel 5's Violent Child, Desperate Parents, who told the single mother she needed to have the confidence to be more firm with her little girl.
Laverne - Sharon - Involvement - Demi - Line
Laverne warned that Sharon's involvement was confusing for Demi, as there was no 'clear marked line' about who was in charge in the household. She advised Lisa to use negotiating techniques with her little girl, offering her alternatives when she has a tantrum, rather than further provoking her anger by saying 'no'.
Laverne was keen to understand what the triggers were behind Demi's violent outbursts and visited the family over a period of days to monitor the child's behaviour.
Lisa - Demi - Split - Personality - Loves
Lisa said of Demi's split personality: 'She can be absolutely lovely and give you the most wonderful loves, kisses, hugs then she can just change in seconds.'
The mother recalled Demi pulling her hair, slapping, kicking, punching, dragging her around the room, giving her a black eye as well as throwing things around the house.
Somebody - Switch - Somebody - Demi
'It’s like somebody turns the switch on and somebody else comes, what she calls the “bad Demi”.
'We have asked her does she know the “bad Demi” is coming and she’ll say no,'...
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