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how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:37 am
by Yoda
So my 5 yo nephew and 3 yo niece are visiting me for the week. The 3 yo is a jewel but the 5 yo is a pain in the ass. I think that part of the problem is that his parents are going through a divorce. I am usually very good with little boys since I love playing games and sports and also playing with toys. We have been taking them to do things they have never done before like the Zoo and the beach. Also we took them to the children's park and go swimming at our pool.

The biggest issue is that when you talk to him, he pretends not to hear you or just ignores you. Therefore he doesn't listen to you when you tell him to do something or not do something. It's frustrating because we are trying really hard to make sure that they have a fun and memorable time but he is not responding positively. I don't want to discipline him because obviously he isn't my kid and I don't want to offend his grandparents (my parents) who are essentially raising him. What is an effective way to deal with this kid?

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:11 pm
by StlSluggers
I'm interested in the solution to this, because I have the same problem. Except, change 5 years old to 19 years old... :-/

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:23 pm
by Metroid
Stop feeding him...he'll come around. }:-)

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:31 pm
by Sticky Spice
I believe Lucy Van Pelt said it best when she said: "I'll give you five good reasons." In this case it would be five good reasons to listen to you.

Having been a child myself, what hammered me was losing privileges. I'm guessing some children beg for a spanking when their DVD player is removed or special event is cancelled. Unfortunately it's hard to take away privileges for a guest :-S Maybe try some of the techniques used on SuperNanny? I love that bia ;-D

As for the 19-year old, are they living with you? Revoke privileges, stop bankrolling, charge money, and if all else fails, eviction. If they don't live with you it's out of your hands.

Can you tell I don't have, and don't plan to have, kids? :-D

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:34 pm
by DbacksRback
Only Super Nanny knows the true answer B-)

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:42 pm
by Mookie4ever
Kids with siblings need one on one time with a parent. This is especially true of older kids when the younger cuter sib gets most of the attention. My son loves his little sister but he is very happy to get one on one attention and he goes through the roof if he gets both of us to himself. They only need this once in a while.

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:33 pm
by AussieDodger
Metroid wrote:Stop feeding him...he'll come around. }:-)


Yeah, or shut them outside. It works for my cats. }:-) }:-)

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:55 pm
by great gretzky
Yoda (picks up the phone with kid in room): "Yo S.C., Yoda here. How are the toys coming? How am I? I've been better, I have a 5 y.o. who is a little too big for his britches. I think I am going to need to request a flyby."

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:00 pm
by DaShiz23
NyQuil

Re: how to deal with bratty kids

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:35 pm
by Another Blown Save
Yoda wrote:I am usually very good with little boys since I love playing games and sports and also playing with toys.

Oh really