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Babysitting spoiled boy

Question Posted Sunday July 13 2008, 3:12 pm

I babysit a 5 year old boy. Sometimes he's very sweet and polite, but a lot of the time he's very obnoxious. He hits me and never listens to me. If he's doing something he shouldn't and I tell him to stop, he'll say, "You're not the boss of me," or, "I can do whatever I want," and tell me to "get out." His parents let him get away with a lot and he's kind of spoiled. He always throws things around and if I tell him to pick it up, he says, "Leave me alone," and hits or kicks me. I talked to his parents and they told me to make him go to his room if he acts like that, but when I tell him to he doesn't listen and yells at me. I really don't know what to do.

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LOL_x0x answered Sunday July 13 2008, 5:59 pm:
Talk to the parents! It's ridiculous that they let the kid treat you like that, and you have A LOT of patience for putting up with it. Let the parents know that he will NOT listen to you, and that he is physically hurting you. You have to tell them what you told us, and tell them their suggestions are not working.

Some other suggestions:
- Reward him when he behaves.
- Be tough. Not hitting him tough, because hitting children is wrong. But speak with confidence, and let him know that you're the boss.

I really don't know what else to suggest. If none of this works, and the parents don't do anything, I'm sorry, but I'd quit babysitting this kid.

-Laura. (16-f)

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StarryNightSkies answered Sunday July 13 2008, 5:55 pm:
slap the kid. NO just kidding!
haha. sounds like you have a lot of patience.
you should probably threaten him a lot.
like "i'm gonna tell your mom"
or instead of him getting away with going to his room i would walk him to his room then stand out side the door to make sure he doesnt come out...
if all else fails really talk to the parents about them needing to disipline him better.
if they're not willing then politely tell them to find a new babysitter

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