I babysit a lot for my next door neighbour’s 4 year old boy. He is horrible. I know that’s not nice to call someone’s kid, but really he is. He kicks me, pulls my hair. Last weekend he stole my handbag, and lied about it. I found their poor dog hiding in the laundry room with one of my tampons stuck in it’s bum. This kid is a nightmare. I want to stop watching him, but I really need the money. To make matters worse, his parents think he’s an angel. How do I control him? Help! Jasmin
Well, didn’t you hit the jackpot of babysitting bullshit?
I’m glad you wrote to me , because really, where else WOULD you go for child rangling tips?
I’ve done a bit of babysitting in my time, so I’m happy to offer some advice
Granted it was mainly minding my Nanna’s cat, but it’s really not that different
My suggestion is to use the most powerful tool you have at your disposal
No, not a microwave (we’ll save that for plan B)
Fear is your ally when dealing with a little cherub like this
Does he have a nap?
If he does, put him in his bed and tell him you’re letting the snakes out
You don’t actually NEED real snakes, but hey, who am I to stop you if you want to really ‘create’ the scenario?
Put him on his bed, turn off the lights, make some hissing noises and leave
But first let him know, that the snakes will only leave him alone if he stays on the bed
And if he asks why, tell him it’s because snakes are allergic to pillows, duh!
This will give you HOURS of freedom
That kid will stay on the bed until 2024 if you wanted him to
And if he doesn’t nap?
Are you old enough to drink?
If you are, then giddyup to the wine rack sister – that’ll get you through
But if you’re not old enough to drink AND he doesn’t nap?
It suck to be you doesn’t it?
I tell you what, just send him ‘round to my place
I can take care of him for you
I have snakes, booze AND a microwave!