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August 16th, 2010, 11:33 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
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Hello group,

My name is Bridgette and I am new to this group. I am a mom to a 5 year old boy and 3 year old daughter. I babysit for a family w/ a 3 year old boy and 8 month old little girl. The boy, will call him Jack (not his real name) has gotten to be a real handful. He bad mouths, hits, spanks, pushes, talks/yells back, and is overall very rough. I have watched him for 2 years and he wasn't always like this. His parents go from over-indulging him (the whole family is very over-weight, including this child) to being too strict. They spank him for things that they let him get away with the next day. Anyways I am finding myself constantly yelling at him and want to find a better solution other than locking him in my son's room for a time-out (which he then destroys). He also has a track record for ripping books and breaking toys. I like the family overall and his baby sister is so cute and sweet but this little boy is just a monster!! Please help!!!!!
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August 22nd, 2010, 04:10 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Calgary
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Personally my childrens bedrooms are off limits to dckids.

I would sit down with the parents and let them know all that is happening
Set up a game plan and let the Parents know that you all need to be on board.

As for the breaking of toys and riping of books, let the parents know that when he ripes the books and breaks the toys again, the dcparents need to replace them.Until he can show you that he can play nice with the toys he can no longer Play with YOUR Day Home toys. He can either bring 2 small toys from home or play with the broken toys, he broke and read the riped books.

As for hitting, spanking etc he is now on a two- three week trial period. At the end of the two weeks if no improvement is shown then you have no choice but to give your notice. He can't play nice with the other children and is disrespectful to you then he can play by himself on a mat with the broken toys. This is the one issue I will not tolerate. Ever child that comes to my dayhome deserves a safe and happy enviroment.

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