A very sneaky/crying 3 1/2 yr old

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Registered: 01-03-2012
A very sneaky/crying 3 1/2 yr old
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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 1:37pm

I recently started watching my friend's son. He is 3 1/2 yr old. Just so you understand. I started babysitting back when I was 13 yr old. I also worked in a daycare for over a year. I have a 17 year old and 1 1/2 yr old. The first day was good, but it has gone down hill since then. He has laid nearly directly on top of my youngest pinning to the floor. The next major thing was that my youngest like to move the cushions off the couch so he can climb up, my friend's son decided to push down on cushion why my youngest is under it. Almost daily he is crying about one thing or another. I mean crying. Now he has gone completely sneaky I just started to let them play in my youngest room. When I noticed that as soon as my son went to the room he would wait about 2-3 mins then hurry down the hall. I followed to see what was up. I didn't catch him doing anything, but he was on toy that normally my youngest has the hardest time leaving alone. So i go back and forth looking in to make sure everything is alright. Which did lead to me finding him creep on the little one at one point. The other was he was in the room but my youngest went down the hall and i followed real quick. my youngest went to one his favorite toys which my friend's wasn't playing with and he turned around and took from my son. Being that my son is in daycare i decided to ask my daycare provider for some tips. I have also asked my friend how much sleep is her son getting lo and behold he is getting roughly 6 hrs of sleep during the night, then he sleeps on his way to her house and to mine about 40 mins each way. I asked her to try and to get him bed at decent hrs. Last night when I told her about what I saw him do with creeping and the taking the toy away when he didn't know I was there. She goes he is very sneaky. I'm on verge of telling her to find someone else to watch her son. Does anyone have any suggestions? These are some of things I have been trying, timeout, no TV(cause he will not move and play), I have removed the bedroom as a play area now they can only play in the living room where I can keep a close on them.

Thanks

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Registered: 01-03-2012
Tue, 01-10-2012 - 3:45pm

Almost had a break thru, horrible morning I think I heard atleast 100's I want my momma. I just started to ignore it. Gave them lunch put them down for nap. Grr they both got up at same time. Changed my youngest while he went potty. He started up again, so I put him in the crying chair. Once I saw he calmed down he was able to get down and play. WOW he actually played. Every time he starts with the I want momma I turn away from him. Then he didn't want to share a toy that 2

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 01-10-2012 - 11:44pm
Hi there,

Welcome to the board! I'm sorry to hear you are having such a hard time with the little one you are watching. I'm curious- does he have any siblings? It sort of sounds like he's not used to sharing and is having a hard time with it.