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Unread 09-21-2017, 11:04 PM   #1
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I nanny for 5-year-old twin boys, one of whom rarely shows remorse and seems to think hurting others is fun. I love both boys, and have been trying for the past year to work through the increasing behavioral challenges with this child. After today, though, I'm thinking about leaving.

It all started because this boy--"Toby"--wanted a special toy that belongs to his brother. He was told no. All morning, this ate at him. He kept bringing it up, shouting and stomping each timr he was denied. Finally, he was getting too upset over it. I usually will hug/sit with/talk it out with the boys when they're getting this way. I went over to Toby, reached out my arms for a hug. He smiled, looked right in my eyes, and then reached out, yanked down my shirt, and bit me on the breast.

Really. He just leaned in, like he was going to hug me, gtabbed my shirt, yanked it down, and bit me, HARD. It was like he was deliberately going for the most sensitive area possible. I have a high pain tolerance, but I screamed. My first instinct wad to hit/push/do whatever I had to to get him off, but I fought it, and I pushed against his shoulders as lightly as possible... and he would not budge. I had to squeeze the sides of his mouth, forcing his mouth open, to get him off of me. Then of course I'm crying/upset, saying "No! We don't treat people that way!" And he laughed. Then he split all the knuckles on one hand by punching me in the mouth, laughing all the while.

It was time to go to school, so I picked him up (kicking and screaming) to take him downstairs. I tried talking to him calmly, I tried letting him sit/calm down, I tried consequences...I finally got him into his shoes, and he promptly started kicking me in the stomach. He saif he wanted to go to school, so I got him down the stairs. When he got into the car, he was mad again, but I finally got him buckled in, and shut his door. His twin, on the other side, was sitting quietly in his own seat, ready to leave. As soon as I closed the door, Toby unbuckled himself and launched himself at his brother, repeatedly punching him in the face before I could pull him off.

I called their grandmother and asked her to meet us at the school, so that I could at least take Toby's twin inside. Toby had calmed down enough for me to drive, and his brother was shaken but otherwise okay. As we drove, Toby started matter-of-factly saying things like, "I hate you. I hope you die. I'm gonna tell Mama you hit me. Then you can never come back. So ha!" Then he would laugh. It was disturbing.

The moment we pulled up next to his grandmother, the smile vanished and was replaced by a pouty lip and puppy-dog eyes. She opened his door and he says "Grammy, I'm having a bad day!" And promptly starts wailing. Totally dry-eyed... It was like a switch flipped. Scary to watch.

Anyway, his grandmother took him for the day and I spoke to his mother about the behavior. I don't know what she plans to do, if anything. I myself am at a loss--I have NEVER seen a child behave this way! When I was speaking to his mother, he was trying to get her attention, and she firmly told him no. He responded by punching her in the stomach and the laughing about it. That was when I bowed out. I could hear her shouting.

This kid clearly has behavioral problems that I didn't sign up for. Is it wrong that I want to leave? I don't know that my mental health can take much more of this. I don't want to get punched/kicked/bitten every day. He's large for 5. It hurts. I don't know that I can continue to keep my composure with him. I have a deep, purple-black bruise where he bit me, and he split my lip. I don't want to keep doing this.
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I would leave. This kid is seriously disturbed. There is probably something deeply flawed in the dynamics between the kid and his parent(s.) What about the father? If you stay, you are at risk of getting somehow blamed for continuing mischief this kid is going to get into. (And "mischief" understates what I can imagine this kid doing.)

This child needs to be in the care of someone trained to work with mentally/emotionally disturbed children. If I were you, I wouldn't take that responsibility. Five years old is too old to behave like that. Something is really wrong in that home. I'ld get out of there.
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Totally agree with Rose. Do you work thru an agency? You should inform them of your concerns.
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Wow! I definitely agree with the others that responded. This child is in serious need of some help!
As someone who has babysat for about 100 children over the years (individual families, kids in my extended family/friends children, church nurseries etc) this behavior is obviously not normal and goes well beyond the typical "testing the waters," that would be developmentally appropriate or expected.
I can certainly see why this child's brother might be afraid of him at times and I too wonder what the heck is or has been going on in that home!
I don't blame you if you decide to quit. This child could hurt you even worse next time! Also, perhaps if you quit and are honest with the mom as to why, it might be the motivation SHE needs to get her hurting child the help he needs and deserves.
May I also suggest you watch the bite area for signs of infection--which you probably are already doing lol. Maybe make sure all your immunizations are up to date also!
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I'm with everyone who's commented so far. I'd have to leave, and report this behavior to an agency that deals with dangerous children. This is not normal.
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Oh, and if they have any pets, call a rescue or (preferably no-kill) shelter and see if they'll do something, because those animals need someone to stand up for them.
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Please leave. He is deeply disturbed. He could even be dangerous. Imagine if he was mad and got his hands on a pair of scissors. I don't know if you can report him somewhere but this kid needs help pronto. It's a matter of time. He's a missile aimed at humanity.
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Oh dear Lord, that is disturbing!!! This child is a serious menace!!!! YES, I would leave and not look back. The child needs psychiatric and behavioral help. It's too dangerous. (((hugs)))
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Thank you so much for your support and advice. When you're in something like this, it can be hard to see it clearly. I am so utterly shocked. Until now, I've considered them to be the absolute best family I've ever worked for. Their mom is responsive and attentive to them, she communicates well with me, and the other twin is a happy, thriving, extremely gifted child. Toby has had some behavioral problems; he's had tantrums, mood swings, and he's even hit/kicked/ or bitten me in anger before, but there was never anything like yesterday. Never anything that I would consider being outside the realm of just a difficult child. Yesterday though, he got angry, stewed on it, waited, and then sought out to hurt me in the best way he could. He waited until his brother was alone with him (that split second when I vlosed the car door) to hurt him. I am completely shocked. I have never seen anything in their household to justify this. They don't have pets, thank God. I do wonder if there are deeper psychological issues at play here with this child and whether he needs to be seen by a behavioral specialist and under the care of someone more trained than I. I have a psychology degree, but this is way out of my depth. I'm worried about my ability to handle it as well; I was SO angry with him after yesterday, I worry that in the future, I won't be able to remain calm, and might end up spanking/slapping out of anger, which I have never done to any child. That anger scares me. You're all right, time to move on
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Toby has had some behavioral problems; he's had tantrums, mood swings, and he's even hit/kicked/ or bitten me in anger before, but there was never anything like yesterday. Never anything that I would consider being outside the realm of just a difficult child.

I do wonder if there are deeper psychological issues at play here with this child and whether he needs to be seen by a behavioral specialist and under the care of someone more trained than I. I have a psychology degree, but this is way out of my depth.

I'm worried about my ability to handle it as well; I was SO angry with him after yesterday, I worry that in the future, I won't be able to remain calm, and might end up spanking/slapping out of anger, which I have never done to any child. That anger scares me. You're all right, time to move on
Yes, this child needs to be seen by a behavioral specialist. I have worked in mental health myself for many years, with maladaptive children, and have studied clinical psychology. The child is very disturbed, to say the least, and needs professional evaluation and help before he hurts anyone else. If I were his mother, I would be getting him a professional ASAP after hearing about this last incident. I am surprised he is not being seen already, given that he punches his own mother and has the symptoms you've described.

For your own safety and personal well-being, it is definitely best to leave - as Jennifer said, who knows what else this child is capable of, and it could escalate to much worse next time. And as you say, who knows how you will react next time. It just seems like an impossible situation right now to deal with. Think of your safety first. I am glad to hear you saying "time to move on". ((((Hugs)))))
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