My nephew hit my daughter with a hockey stick and she doesn't want to see him :(
My daughter is 16 and has babysit my 6 year old nephew most afternoons for about 6 months now. His mom is in bad financial shape and works part-time, but tries to pick up all the shifts she can. She pays my daughter about $40-50 dollars a week, and my daughter doesn't mind because it's a little extra spending money and they live two houses down in an apartment.
My nephew has always had some behavioural issues, and he is seeing an educational psychologist and a psychiatrist now for an official diagnosis, because he has a definite problem in dealing with authority. My daughter has complained he doesn't listen and throws tantrums, but she has stuck with it as a learning opportunity until now.
Today, she was watching him and told him that he couldn't watch TV any longer, he needed to go over his spelling words and have a bath. She said he started to kick up a fuss and was banging the TV remote onto the ground, almost breaking it. She went over to try to get it out of his hand, and he got upset she was touching him. His hockey stick was in the living room and he ran over, grabbed it and hit her on the thigh with it.
She immediately called me and they were both crying when I got there. I got her dad to come pick her up, and she refused an apology from him. I just spoke to her now and she said she doesn't want to ever babysit him again. I can understand why- her thigh is bruised badly- but I feel horrible about the entire situation.
My sister called her as well and begged her forgiveness, but my daughter said that she's sorry, but she won't be babysitting him again. My sister called me crying as well and said she doesn't know what to do about a sitter now, but she can't afford to miss work.
Does anyone have any advice? Would anyone try to convince their daughter to continue babysitting? I'm at a loss about what to do.