HHOW DO I PUNISH MY 3 YEAR OLD?

Madison - posted on 10/17/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I AM A BABYSITTER NOT A MOM.. I AM 11 YEARS OLD. AND THIS 3 YEAR IS JUST PLAIN NUTS! WHEN I SAY PUT YOUR PJ'S ON SHE SCREAMS AND SAYS "YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME" WHICH I AM!! I PUT HER IN TIME OUT BUT SHE CRIES HER HEAD OFF AND SAYS "SORRY" BUT SHE DOES THE SAME THING AGAIN PLEASE HELP ME I HAVE DISSCUSSED THINGS WITH HER PARENTS BUT THEY JUST DONT UNDERSTAND CAUSE SHE IS THE SWEETEST LITTLE THING AROUNT THEM!! WHAT DO I DO??

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S. - posted on 10/17/2012

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Stop babysitting this child.

your too young to be dealing with that kind of stuff. I am sure you are very mature I personally think your to young to babysit full stop but if you do babysit it should be for children that are older and will listen to you.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/06/2012

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I think that we all should let the parents choose a sitter. If the parents trust an 11 yo sitting with their 3 yo, who are we to say that Dawn is too young?



FYI, my sons were also watched by an 11 yo neighbor. Granted, they were older than 3, but...Also FYI, in the state of Wyoming, you are old enough at 10 to be watching over 1 other child. At 12, you may watch multiple children.



I started babysitting my siblings at the age of 10, and by the time I was 12 had a regular client list that I rotated through.



Now, Dawn, my recommendation is that if the parents are not willing to sit their angel down and lay down the rules of being with a sitter, and you are continually feeling that this child is out of control, you are well within your rights to refuse to sit for them any more. Sometimes sitting jobs just don't work out. I only had to do that twice when I was around your age, but I had to be firm with the parents, and explain that their angels weren't behaving, and that I'd have to start charging more on the nights that the kids fought me.

Dove - posted on 10/17/2012

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At 11 you shouldn't be babysitting, so what you should do is quit. Maybe staying with your own younger sibling for a half an hour or so on occasion, but you are too young for anything more.



I know you couldn't PAY me to leave my young children alone with an 11 year old that isn't an older sibling. I do have an 11 year old, but she's only been left with her younger brother 1-2 times for about 20 minutes. She is very mature and very responsible, but I would not be comfortable leaving them on a regular basis or for long periods of time.

Liz - posted on 10/17/2012

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Assuming this post is genuine - and you'll forgive the suspicion, I hope, given the number of people that do try to troll this and other relevant sites - then you should not be babysitting a 3 year old at all. There's usually an age restriction on who is permitted to babysit, though of course this varies country to country, and I would be very surprised if it isn't illegal for you to babysit as an 11 year old. Certainly where I am from the minimum legal age was 14 - and even then, not every 14 year old _should_ babysit.



There's a reason for this. No matter how mature you may feel or be, you're not old enough to cope with the various situations and emergencies that may arise while you're in sole charge of another child. You're still a child yourself. The fact that you posted as you have proves this.

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