She won’t share. She steals other kids’ toys. On a good day, she’s the
boss of the playground. On a bad day, she shoves other tots out of the way.
Babysitting a bully can be an absolute nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here’s how to deal.
Rule #1: Don’t let yourself be bullied
That means standing your ground, even (and especially) if the child
threatens to tell Mom and Dad all about how mean you were. Lay down the law,
being clear about what the kid is allowed to do and is not allowed to do, and
what the consequences will be if rules are broken. If necessary, ask the
parents for a list of house rules to enforce. And when necessary, enforce those
Rule #2: Don’t get angry
Yelling and getting red in the face and flustered will only spur the
child on—not the result you want. Take a deep breath, count to ten in your head
and handle the situation calmly. No manhandling, no bickering, just your way or
the highway—er, time out.
Rule #3: Offer up a challenge
No, not, “I dare you to jump out the window” or “I bet I can beat you
at Monopoly.” Think along the lines of a creative activity that will keep your
babysitting charge engaged and excited rather than fighting you over every
little thing. An art project, a scavenger hunt, an active game—these are all
good options. Bringing along a babysitting box or bag with different surprises
you can switch up each visit is also a great way to keep kids interested in
what you’re gonna bring to the table.
Rule #4: Be up front
When the parents get home, get to them before the child does and lay
out what you guys did and how she behaved. Don’t tell adopt a tattletale tone
of voice. Remember to stay cool and detached; you’re just reporting on how your
job went. The parents will appreciate the info and be more likely to believe
what you, the adult in the situation, is saying rather than the child. And
after all, if their kid is acting up, they do
need to know about it.
Have you babysat for a badly
behaved child? How did you handle it?
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/25/2013 1:57:00 PM
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