During the summer I babysit a family friend's 14 year old son who has down syndrome.
She is the type of person who will say her son can do anything a normal child can ( such as playing or going places- which is true) ...
BUT if it comes to behaving she just kind of laughs and say you cant blame him because it is the way he is. ...
She thinks its "cute" when he will destroy the room ( dumping out every toy, throwing couch cushions on the floor, and then pretending like he is sleeping) ... he only does this when she is here.... if she isnt around he listens and doesnt act that way... he will even pick up stuff , he doesnt call my kids names or say mean things - UNLESS she is around.
I have nicely tried to mention things about it ,like when he pretends to sleep or refuses to pick up beofre he leaves, I will say " well he always helps pick up his messes during the day" and she will " oh no, they dont understand to do that stuff" ...
And now that I am starting to watch him again all day, she is sending him a lunch -- which consists of 4 small chicken nuggets and a yogurt. ... he wont eat the yogurt, and since he is such a big kid ( he is 14 and about 200 lbs ) ... 4 little nuggets does not fill him up ! i mean my small 2 year old eats that many nuggets... Which means I have to buy extra food because he will complain all day because he is hungry ... so i am spending more than half what I am paid just to buy him food...
Again, i have nicely tried to tell her that he always says he is hungry and he wants more nuggets... and she will say well that is all she wants to give him because he is on a diet... Well i mean if she wants him on a diet that is her desicion because that is her child.... but she cant expect him to eat 4 nuggets between 8am to 4 pm... and if it is a good diet... she wouldnt take him to fast food for supper basically every night....
It is just getting so annoying that this is going to be my last summer watching him !
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