Babies, yes. Babies are easy. Unless the parents are pedantic and all, "my baby must never catch a glimpse of TV... ever!" or "we're speaking Cantonese to our baby, so I've written a list of words for you to use when speaking to him," or something equally as PITA and annoying.
People who are just like, "bottles are then, bedtime is then... call me if you need me," are awesome. I love babies. Even crying ones.
I can handle babies... but children talk. And make a mess. And nag. And whinge. And fight with other children. And wet the bed. And are irrational. Mostly, children p*ss me off... even mine does, but I'm used to her. lol.
I could handle having DD's cousins staying with us... but I feel comfortable enough to yell at them if I had to (they're teenagers now).
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28-05-2012 16:09 #21
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28-05-2012 16:16 #22Senior Member
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That's funny Sassy, I'll take the kids that can play with DS any day. I love babies, but gee they can be hard to work out when they aren't your own. I looked after a friend's bub recently, a few months old.
I never prepared a bottle in my years of parenting due to breastfeeding so there's me looking up on the WHO site how the frick to even make one with a hungry, crying baby in my arms.. worked that out then got spewed on. Cleaned us both up. Then poop.
Then he got tired so decided to scream the house down. Everything that my DS liked for comfort as a baby, this one hated. So it took me a while to work out what he did and didn't like (he was a screamer - even when his parents were home).
I didn't mind at all watching him as my poor friend was attending a funeral but wow that was 5 of the longest hours of my life.
28-05-2012 16:44 #23
28-05-2012 16:58 #24
Yes and no. The older they are, the easier it is. Especially since when you get sick of the screaming and running around the house (or yard, if you're luck enough to have a contained one that you can fence them in like sheep ) then you can sit them down with a movie and popcorn.
Toddlers are tougher, they get bored faster and are harder to keep entertained. My little munchkin is easy because I know his habits and likes and dislikes. Things that other kids love like dizzie whizzies will cause my DS to meltdown if it's not someone that he knows VERY well and trusts completely.
So I guess I'm a mum of one of the tricky ones.
28-05-2012 17:01 #25
Depends on the child. I can think of kids who I have really enjoyed looking after, and also some that do nothing but frustrate me.
I don't seem to have much authority with other people's kids (and not always that much with mine) so it always gets hard when they won't listen to me.
28-05-2012 17:08 #26
No, i find it really stressful.
Doesnt mean i wont do it.
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depends on the child.
i have my neices 2/3 days a week (less now they are at preschool 5 days a week) and 1 is an absolute joy, the other has me pulling my hair out!
praying my sister cuts back her work hours before bellyfruit arrives (or her stupid work actually gives her school hours as arranged!)
28-05-2012 17:55 #30-
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I have my besties 3 year old every tuesday, anothers 7 year old every thursday afternoon and a sleepover at least every second weekend.
we are always with extras!
a few weeks ago I had 7 kids here in total! all day!
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