Help a girl out…I’ve lost my mind

So I might just be the most insane person ever. 

As most of you know, I’ll be switching nanny jobs for the summer – just for the summer. I had to have a very carefully worded conversation with a 12-year-old before she burst into tears over me leaving her forever. This is JUST for July and August.

Anyway, I started an account on, which is a great site to find nanny jobs, and emailed a few people before I found a posting for a summer nanny. It’s so hard to find postings for only July and August, so this was perfect.

The mom and I emailed back and forth a few times before having a super quick phone conversation about two weekends ago. She took my reference information, which is my current employer, and they apparently had a nice chat. This weekend, I finally got to meet up with this family in person. I was there 30 minutes before I was offered a job. First time meeting them, and their son, who warmed up to me pretty quickly, and BAM summer job secured.

They have one son, who will be 3 before I start there (the dad almost died of laughter when I told him how many I take care of now with the homestay students included saying that this will be a cake walk). He is in a hockey phase which is awesome for me! He met me at the front door in a Maple Leaf’s jersey and even showed me his Christmas Tree ornament that plays “the good old hockey game”. I have worked with children that young before, even though it’s been a hot minute since I have. But he seems like a great little guy. Very energetic, and happy, and has the cutest little giggle. But again, I’ve been in the “school age” zone for a long time. I’m sure it will be fine though!

So! Here’s where you come in – any tips on handling a little boy in the terrifying threes? He apparently can have meltdowns of the most epic kind. And he might be potty training. I told the parent’s I’d brush up on my “the toddler is choking! OMG” techniques since my CPR certification ran out about 6 years ago.

I might be over my head just a little bit. But it is only for 6 weeks. And I’ll have two weeks off between finishing the school year out with my current kids and starting with just this one. I’ll be fine right? Right…yeah I’ll be fine…


42 thoughts on “Help a girl out…I’ve lost my mind

  1. If he does have a meltdown laugh. Seriously! Not at him, just burst out laughing – he’ll stop the tantrum to find out what’s so funny. Other than that just ignore him because if he’s not getting coaxed out of it, there’s no point to it.

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  2. Meltdowns are part of life. I say prepare to be tough! The best way to enjoy kids is schedule but not too schedule. Every day you can, go to the park. Every day you can, go to the library for free readings and interactions. That’s probably going to take up most of your real planning. Always have three times the food you think you need. Don’t give in to his tantrums the first two weeks and then you’ll be able to anticipate them and shut them down before they happen. That’s different than snuggles and comfort🤩. Also; make everything seem like an activity. ‘Oh migosh we are going to do a puzzle!’ Is way more fun to a kid than leaving a puzzle in plain sight. And little like that? He will be able to do it 6 times as a race against himself before he’s bored.

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  3. You’ll be fine! Three year olds are pretty simple just as long as you keep them preoccupied. Also, ignoring when he throws fits would be a good route to follow. We’ve used it with my nephew when he would have meltdowns in the middle of stores while riding in the buggy. We would just ignore and keep going on our way and he’d realize that we weren’t giving him attention and we haven’t had a bad meltdown since – except when we missed nap time! So keeping he schedule that he’s used to going is another major thing!

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  4. My husband and I sometimes babysat our friend’s 3 year old back in Korea. When his mom left he would start crying so we had to keep him preoccupied – usually by taking walks in the nearby park. He also liked watching alphabet videos on youtube (I don’t recommend screen time too much though) You’ll be great! You’ve got this 🙂

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  5. Distraction! One of our daughters had her only meltdown in a public carpark—lying on the ground, kicking and screaming. A teenage boy was visiting at the time and tried to console her, but only made it worse. After I got the baby securely in the car I walked over and said ‘I bet you can’t do this?’ and proceeded to walk the carpark curbing like a balance beam. She couldn’t get up fast enough to copy me. Teenage boy was amazed. ‘How did you do that? I was trying to reason with her’. Reason doesn’t work with 3-year-olds.

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  6. My experience the best thing to do with meltdowns is ignore them if possible. Not always easy to do if you are in a public place but if you are in the home just ignore the tanty and go about your business. Usually if the child is not getting a reaction it will resolve pretty quickly. I used to work in a child care center and there was this kid that would have a full out tantrum on the floor kicking and screaming, we would ignore him and after a short time he would just fall asleep…it was the darndest thing

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    • Haha this seems to be the most popular tip – just to ignore it, or to offer a distraction (which probably works best in public) Thankfully hes not a “I dont want to go home so lets run away as quickly as possible” type hehe.

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  7. My daughter is three and still has epic meltdowns. Sometimes I avoid them with humor, distraction, or by offering to hug it out when I sense one coming on. If that doesn’t work, let it happen, keep him safe, and when it’s over, offer more hugs and then talk about his big feelings. I’m hoping hers will pass soon since she’s getting close to 4. I used to try to reason with her when things were getting out of hand, but that didn’t work as you can imagine!

    Potty training can be tougher since the parents are calling the shots, but they’re doing great by waiting until three. That is the magic number the doctors told us and it clicked for our two when they turned three. My kids love getting stickers and adding them up on a chart to earn bigger rewards. My sister-in-law did M&Ms, which worked for her kids.

    Good luck! That age is tough, but super fun when they’re not having shit fits.

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