This has been my week in childcare and reminds me yet again why I do not do in home care on a permanent basis. I am watching a 5 yr old who has had a bad habit of lying. It is just their automatic response to any question asked or if any situation arises. Yesterday we did pretty good with a wonderful decrease of that bad habit when another popped up. They started using their father (parents are split, lives with mom) as a threat and he would come after us because we were rude. Her perception of rude is when I was firm with house rules and behavior or if she did not want to eat her food. I let her mom know about it so she could be aware of the child perhaps using that towards other adults or children when she was upset.
On a positive note, her reading this week has seemed to improve or she has chosen to show her skills to me in the reading area. Every day we set aside a certain amount of time where she and dd both read out loud to me or we use starfall since they will sound out the words in their stories better than i can.
I am very proud of my dd that she can be patient and tolerant at times when the other acts up. It shows me that we did well with the consistence of her consequences and firm house rules.
Both girls earned 2 days of going to the park for 2 hrs each day with their good behavior and i think it helped burn some of that excess energy, Now tomorrow we are supposed to be getting a huge rain storm so will be indoor bound. I think we will try baking cookies for a focused (sp) activity.
We made it through the week and both girls earned a special treat of cupcake and apple juice. They were so bored they offered to sweep the kitchen floor today since it was raining outside