Kaylie - posted on 10/24/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )
First off, hello! I'm not a mother, but I am a care giver for my kid sister and right now she is mostly in my care. She is eight years old, and has a few behavioural issues and is struggling in some school subjects. She has no disabilities or anything, her parents just let her run her life. At the beginning of this part summer, her parents moved into a low income neighbourhood. Lia (my sister) quickly made friends, which is great, however her parents now have a difficult time getting her to stay in. When I Am there and ask for her to come in, or not go out, there is no problem. How can I get this response from her parents? If they even suggest she stay in, she gets a horrid tone in her voice and fights until they give in. Now that she is here with me most of the time, she is seeing her friends less. She doesn't seem to mind until she gets bored, but I'm wondering how to work with her parents on curfew and checking in for when she does return home. There are many other children her age playing outside late, so trying to explain to her that her parents are right is difficult. She doesn't understand why she should come in when her friends don't have to. I personally don't think this deserves much of am answer beyond "do I look like so and so's mom?" Her parents however don't want to start a fight with her, so they allow it to happen. I just would like to know how to help her parents to keep her in without calling me, or fighting until she wins.