Our expert says:
Try posting this same question to the Parenting forum, too.
Have you asked the parents of the children you care for how they would like such situations to be handled ? It sounds as though the child at the centre of this is a spoiled little brat, and too used to always getting her own way, not accepting discipline or taking the wishes and needs of others into consideration.
Talk this over with the parents. If they expect you to make the children respect you, then they must agree to always back up your decisions and not to contradict you when the child(ren) appeal to them. Unless the PARENTS make the children see that your decisions and what you say while you are caring for them have the full force and backing of the parents, there is no way you can expect them to respect you. Talk together and form a common code for rules and discipline. And maybe when a novel problem arises, they should agree that your best decision at the time will be backed up by them both, and that you and them can then discuss any revision of the working rules, as needed.
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