Caitlin - posted on 08/30/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
My daughter is 11 months old, she has been raised as an only child but she isn't one (she has a 8yr old step-sister who lives with her mom). My daughter knows the basis of sharing...when we go "Madelynn, can I have binky (or some toy she has)?" She will hand it to us. My daughter isn't the problem though.
I have been babysitting a kid who will be 3 a few days. He is an only child. No siblings, no step-siblings, no half-siblings. I bring my daughter along while we babysit to she has a chance to interact with another kid and so does he. But here is my problem:
This kid is mean. If Madelynn touches his cat he'll come over and shove her out of the way and tell her "My cat1". Even if he has had to interest in the cat. When she is playing with toys on the floor that he has no interest in he'll come over and rip them from her hands, shove her, and hit her and then tell her "My toys." I'll tell him no and send him to his room (in which he throws a huge temper tantrum...screaming and crying, slamming doors). He also will carry around 10 to 15 toys in his arms so Madelynn can't play with them. And when he goes to eat he sets all his toys on the table so she can't have them. She has her own toys there but if he shows interest in them they're his. His mom doesn't do anything about it. She'll call him a greedy brat and yell his name and no but that only does so much. I'm at the point that I don't want my daughter around him anymore and I want to tell his mom I'm done babysitting but she really needs my help.
What can I say to her or her son? What I can do to protect my daughter? I've seen other only kids before who were very well behaved, so I don't think this is normal, but is this a problem in only children? I truly am at wits end and am tired of my daughter screaming because the toy she had was ripped from her hands. I want her to learn sharing...
Thanks in advance you guys!