jealous 2 yr old
Here's some back ground info: I watch a little girl who will be turning 2 in a few weeks. I have had her in my care for 6 months now and she only comes 2 days a week. For the first 4 months she was here, I also cared for her 5 yr old sister, who is now in school.
She has always been a jealous little girl when it comes to my attention. She always wants to sit on my lap, wants hugs... things like that. For the first few months she cried and threw fits when she left my house (luckily those have stopped). She lives fairly close to my house so I see her at the park with her parents or at the school when I pick up dck's (on the days she's not in my care). She screams and cries when she sees me and wants to go with me. I usually just give her a quick hug so that she'll stop and try and leave it at that. She is a biter and has bitten 4 times so far in my home. She has bitten each of my dks- who are 6 and 8- and 2 almost 2 year olds. Now that I have this 6 month ond baby in my care her jealousy has gotten worse. The other day I was holding the baby when I opened the door for her and her mom. She would NOT walk into my house because I was holding him (she just gave me a dirty look and stood there). I came in and put the baby down and she walked right in. That same day, as the baby was crawling by her she walked up to him and pushed him down! I don't know what to do. It was a really bad day for her/me that day as at naptime she was so tired and mad at me that she was hitting and kicking me and screaming (she doesn't talk). Help! That day, I just put her in the pack and play and let her cry herself to sleep. I know she acts this way at home often because I have seen her treat her mom this way and I know from her neighbor that she does it a lot. But that day was the first time she's been that way to me. What can I do to help this child? Or what should I do when she's acting this way? My own two children never did anything like this...
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Wheel of the World by Carrie Underwood