So i’ve been babysitting a 3 yr old (we’ll call them Jamie) since April and I’m suppose to be doing it until some time in August because they’re moving. So far it’s had minor ups and downs but now i’ve run into a new problem/concern.
I have 2 kids of my own (DS 4-5 and DD 3) They all usually play fine with each other but recently, just this past week, Jamie’s been acting very…for lack of a better word bratty…when it comes to playing. All of a sudden Jamie wants everything, doesn’t want to share any of my kids toy with them, if they don’t get what they want they pout to a point were they’ve actually started saying…I’m not happy here i want to go home…and then Jamie makes the “i’m about to cry” face. So, I’m a little concerned becuase it just started happening and i don’t know why. They all played and shared just fine before and now there’s all this fighting, mostly yelling and pulling of toys. I’m doing the whole take turns and share talk but it doesn’t seem to be working with the Jamie. Jamie just says “NO!!!” and then goes and pouts and again does the “i’m about to cry” face. Now it’s at a point were my kids DON’T want to play with Jamie. Today, I was watching them and when Jamie came over to play with my kids, my kids said (and i can’t believe they actually said this) “We don’t want to play with you anymore you don’t share and you cry all the time.” Then they walked away to go play somewhere else and when Jamie tried to follow they said go away. I told them not to do that and that they should be nicer to him. I know they said this because before i started babysitting i use tell them that if DD or DS wasn’t being nice to the other that they shouldn’t play with them for the time being…I didn’t actually think they’d hang onto the “advice” and actually use it with other children…Anyways, so Jamie was SUPER pouting whining upset and was saying they wants their mommy and that they’re not happy here and they want to go home …I’ve tried to calmly and super nicely explain jamie that they need to be nice, share, etc. but jamie doesn’t seem to be listening AT ALL…like they’re just zoneing me out, not even looking at me. I’ve talked with the parents but they really don’t seem to be concerned or doing anything about it they just say “oh ok sorry about that.” What do you guys think. They’re only 3 and 4 yrs old and there’s all this tension. Now i’m just kind of waiting it out because i’ve run out of ideas. Any advice or opinions (good and bad) would be appreciated.