A friend of mine has asked me to have her granddaughter over at my house on Saturday. I feel like I should, since she helps me out from time to time, and her husband is having a lot of medical issues. She picked my daughter up for me today and had her over for a surprise play date.
But the thing is, the granddaughter isn't easy to look after. The last time she was here, she dragged out a ton of toys and even clean clothes for a fashion show and trashed my daughter's room and then didn't help pick up. She sneaked candy andPopsicles before dinner, then complained that there were mushrooms in the spaghetti, then told me she'd eaten everything but the mushrooms and actually left half her plate. But since she didn't tell me she left half the food, I didn't put it back in the fridge, and I found it out on the counter later and had to throw it away. She also told my daughter that two of our parakeets were "making babies"--which they may have been trying to do--but she's a few years older, and I didn't think it was appropriate for her to say that. Plus, the grandma doesn't usually come get her when she says she will, so I never know for sure when she'll be back.
So, would you baby-sit because you wanted to do your friend a favor, especially since she'd helped you out? Or would you hide under the bed like I'm considering?
Answer by Ginger0104 at 12:54 AM on Jun. 7, 2013
Answer by hwatson1968 at 5:47 AM on Jun. 7, 2013
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 8:15 AM on Jun. 7, 2013
Would I , yes. I would accommodate the menu if she was staying for a meal and make sure there was one thing she liked. As to the messes she should help clean them up if she helped make them. Even if that means waiting until grandma gets there to supervise. If all this happens again, tell grandma that you are no longer able to baby-sit and tell her WHY. I wonder if she knew about these things in advance, would she take time to instruct the child how to behave. There have to be consequences for her behavior and since she is ion your home treat her as you would your daughter.
Answer by 2autisticsmom at 9:31 AM on Jun. 7, 2013
Answer by girlwithC at 9:37 AM on Jun. 7, 2013
Answer by mompam at 11:00 AM on Jun. 7, 2013
Answer by 2autisticsmom at 9:32 AM on Jun. 7, 2013