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Old 10-05-2012, 08:25 PM
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I babysit for this couple a lot. They have 3 children, twin girls, age 9, and a 4 year old son. Two of them I don't have a problem with, they're always willing to help out, and listen well. The other (one of the twins) refuses everything. She will make a mess right in front of me, and then say she didn't do it. She tears the house apart and refuses to clean it up. I understand a lot of it is anxiety based because her parents are gone, but she makes me not want to have children ever. I have babysat for children like her before, but they were 3 or 4.
Her sister got a brand new guitar for guitar lessons (they both now how guitars) and she dropped the new guitar and cracked it before her sister had had it for more than 5 minutes.
She never apologizes, and I'm tired of cleaning up after her.
Someone PLEASE give me some ideas on how to handle to her, I'm simply out of ideas. I'm ready to hang her by her toes.
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First of all the parents probably really know this is how she reacts and either just let her get away with it or themselves are at a loss on how to control her. So if the parents let her get away with acting out in this manner you probably are not going to change her.
But... you could let her know that her behavior is unacceptable and you will not tolerate it when you are there (forwarning though; it is possible the parents would not take to this very well expecially if they see no problem with her).
You could discuss it wiith the parents without any of the children present and see how they actually stand on the situation; that would probably be best so you know if there is anything you can do or not. Worst case would be just telling them you will not babysit for them any longer because of the one girls behavior. Because if the parents don't see it you will not have any luck with doing anything about it. Let us know what you do!
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