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When I was doing licensed home daycare, I had a little 4 year old boy that was bad. Not a little bad, like "evil" bad. Anytime he didn't get his way, he would go into a whirlwind of terror. He would rip down all of the art, take all the cubby containers and throw them everywhere, rip down all my educational daycare posters, throw toys and try to hurt the other kids. He would do this for something as simple as not getting the color of dish he wanted at snack time. It was horrible. He even threw a heavy plastic toy cash register once at a 3 month old baby's head. Luckily, he missed.
I was his last resort in daycare providers. All of the other daycares had kicked him out. His mom was single and in the military. She was all alone, so I was really trying to work with them. The problem with this kid was that consequences didn't seem to work. I also wasn't allowed to restrain him according to post licensing standards. He would just go on these major tantrums that destroyed everything in his path and I couldn't do shit about it.
Well, after awhile, I got sick of him constantly hurting the other kids and them being his punching bag. This included my son that was 7 at the time.
Well, I finally told my son that every time this little boy would hit him to hit him back to hurt. I can't say that I didn't have a little satisfaction the first time my son hit him back and made him cry. He had been terrorizing the other kids for months with no consequences that would even phase him. He deserved it.