I have been babysitting two girls ages 8 and 10 for the past month. The ten year old has Downs (with the intelligence of a 3 year old) and she wont listen to a thing I've said. I have spoken with kindness, been stern, and have sadly gotten into a fight with her. Everything I say and do feels wrong and everyday is becoming a battle. Her sister is 8 and has spent her whole life having to be the big sister and now wants some freedom of her own which her sister doesn't understand. Its only a few hours a day but I'm so tired and sometimes dread going to work. I just want to be able to get along but not feel like I'm being taken advantage of. Any act of kindness becomes something I owe the child everyday and if she doesn't get it she throws a tantrum. I just want whats best for all of us.Answer Question
Answer by Dardenella at 12:00 AM on Dec. 17, 2013
Have you tried talking to the parents about what they do when she misbehaves? What they want you to do? Have you asked them what works with her? Have you tried doing some research on the internet, or reading books?
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