By moomanjohnny - 31/05/2014 06:40 - United States - Pleasanton
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It's not your fault OP, that kid's mom should find a better place to hide her vibrator
No, it is OPs fault. I babysat for years and in that time saw kids of all ages and needs. For the kid with the vibrator, you take it away from them and all you have to say is that they can't touch it and make up a reason ( its broken and could give you a booboo, whatever) and find a real toy to replace it. The one who won't stop screaming, find out why they're screaming. If they just want mommy, then distract them either with toys or if they only care about mommy, then get them to help you to tidy up and repeat over and over that mommy will be so happy to see what a good job they did cleaning. There's a million things OP can do as a baby sitter to fix the situation, and so the fact that it sounds like they were waiting for the parents to get hone to end the chaos, makes this a YDI.
If you'll notice a few things: 1) Our number for posting is very close together. 2) my post is relatively long. I think, therefore, it is logical to assume that the post was not there when I had started my comment and while I was writing my comment, it had been posted, especially if you include the fact (which you have no way of knowing, so its understandable) that I'm on mobile and therefore comments take even longer to type out.
It seems to me that you should probably take the vibrator away from the kid. You need to assert yourself, OP. These are school-aged kids, and they know how to behave. Don't do anything that could get you into trouble, but make it very clear that they need to behave. I do feel your pain. I've worked many a babysitting job, and did Childcare for ages. Good luck!
I finally got the one screaming to calm down and go to sleep. I also got the vibrator away from the other kid by distracting him with my phone. Everything was good when the parents came home, until the kid told his mom about a cool "spaceship".