I am a nanny for an almost 3 year old and 1 year old. Often when I walk in the door and greet the children, the older one yells 'no' at me. Other days, I am greeted cheerily with a hug. I do understand transition can be difficult and children are often looking for a reaction, so I haven't worried too much about being yelled at. Mom has often corrected the child by saying "don't be rude," or "that's not nice," etc. I have either just ignored the yelling, greeted cheerfully and changed the subject and moved on into the day, and the behavior changes either immediately, or immediately after mom leaves for the day.
Recently, the 1 year old has also started yelling at me when I walk in the door (doesn't talk yet, but gets the point across), copying the older child's behavior. Both children are well behaved and we do have fun for the day, so it's not as if they are unhappy with me. I haven't minded just allowing the older child to work through the transition time, as I know that can be tough for young children, but I don't love being yelled at by two children first thing in the morning, especially when I know the younger one is happy to see me and is just learning habits from the older one. Any suggestions on how to change this morning greeting routine? - Anonymous
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