Serious Temper Problem
Alright fellow nannies (and parents), I need some serious advice. I have over five years experience working with children on a professional level, so temperamental children and handling "fits" is nothing new to me. However, my current charge is really starting to push me over the edge. I have been with this family for about eight months, and care for three children (fifteen months, five, and twelve). As far as the older children go, I have absolutely zero issues and deeply enjoying spending time with them. And although I deeply care for the toddler as well, he has the worst temper of any child I have ever met. This has been consistent for the past eight months, and hasn't slowed down in the slightest. From what I can tell, he seems to be the exact same way with his parents, so I know it isn't me. His mom comments to me all the time how "he has a temper" or she "doesn't know what to do about all of these fits". Throughout the day, despite all of my efforts, he just can't seem to be pleased. He spends most of his day screaming or banging his head on hard surfaces. I always make sure his needs are met, so I strongly don't think he is tired or hungry. However, he is SUPER difficult to put down for nap, so maybe he actually is overtired? I know toddlers have fits often, but I *really* feel like this guy is a bit out of hand, and don't know how much longer I can handle it. What efforts can I make to reduce these tantrums and temperamental behavior for both the parents and myself? I think MB solution currently is just to give in to his every whim At least that is how it appears to me. He is allowed to play in the kitchen cabinets (I'm not talking pots and pans, I'm talking putting his mouth on chemicals and other dangerous things). When I'm with him, I don't allow this behavior, so maybe he is even more temperamental with me because of the inconsistency?
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