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WWYD as a babysitter if.......

the parents told you to spank their child and in what circumstances? I don't spank my own kids so to me it is really hard. I know consistency is the biggest thing so I want to do what they do but I don't know if I can.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:40 PM on Dec. 22, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Tell them you will not spank and see if they have any suggestions.

    Answer by badgirl44654 at 11:42 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • I would be very upfront with the parents and let them know that you don't discipline in that way.

    Answer by FOCOMomma at 11:42 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • I agree, I would say I'm sorry, I'm not a spanker, and these are the forms of consequences that I use. I doubt if they would find a daycare or preschool that spanks, most are afraid of getting sued.

    Answer by ohwrite at 11:44 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • Yeah, just let them know that it is not your way. You can offer to give time outs or something..

    Answer by Luisa621 at 11:45 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • With all the CPS crap today it's pretty dangerous and risky to spank your own kids. I wouldn't risk spanking someone else's even with their permission!

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:47 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • I would just tell them that I don't feel comfortable doing that. I would tell them what my plan for disipline would be and if they could not agree with that, I would not watch their children. My house, my rules!

    Answer by khedy at 11:52 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • I'd try other methods first.

    Answer by bseastrand at 11:52 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • wow, what an odd predicament. I was never asked that when I was a babysitter. That said, I did very rarely spank my own kids when they were younger. Emphasis on very rarely.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 11:54 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • jeanclaudia, I might spank mine on rare occasion if I needed too but they are only 1 and 2 so I haven't yet.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 11:55 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • I would have to tell them that I don't believe in spanking. But it's the parents place to spank, not a babysitter. If they can't accept that, then they need to find another babysitter.

    Answer by amessageofhope at 12:42 AM on Dec. 23, 2010

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