To start to dislike my nephew...

(42 Posts)
childof79 Sun 05-May-13 23:20:40

First time I have posted in this section. Will try to be as concise as possible.

My nephew (6 yo) has always been really high energy - running around and very active. As a result he has always been quite rough with my children although with the exception of a couple of occasions has been quite sweet.

Anyway, after today I am seriously wondering if there is something wrong with him. He has been so horrible to my eldest son (not quite 4 yo). Started off with pushing him down a slide in a playground and then blatantly lying when I asked him about it - didn't even say sorry when DS started crying; hitting him over the head repeatedly because he did not know how to stop him jumping on the bed - DS crying again and no apology; blaming him for breaking a vase when I saw them play-fighting. I saw them with cushions. They were both playing but DS missed and threw his cushion into the vase by accident.

DH says I should try to be a bit more sympathetic because he has a hard life (DH's brother practically bringing him up single-handedly) but I just actually don't think this behaviour is normal at all and that I am not unreasonable for wanting to keep a hawk's eye on both of them from now on and banning all playfighting. So AIBU.

foreverondiet Sun 05-May-13 23:25:36

Reasonable to dislike his behaviour - really off to dislike your 6 year old nephew as he has some behavioural problems. Should I start to dislike my nephew who is 11 has ADHD and bullies my DS? Fwiw - my nephew wants to be nice to my DS just finds it hard to be. My Dsis working hard on it and lots of therapy (expensive) but its not easy.

TheSecondComing Sun 05-May-13 23:29:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

cantreachmytoes Sun 05-May-13 23:30:55

I posted a similar thread but with less extreme examples about my DN a few months ago. It seems that at around this age it's normal for them to lie and be sneaky.

I recently found out that DN is having a tough time at home because his patents are favouring his younger brother. It doesn't change how much I disliked his behaviour, but that combined with the responses on here allowed me to look at it through slightly different glasses.

childof79 Sun 05-May-13 23:36:06

My nephew is not responsible for my son's behaviour. We thought they were playing quietly then laughing and then DS hysterical because nephew was hitting him over the head. TheSecondComing not expecting sympathy but I have never seen in any parenting manual that it is correct for a 6 yo to think it appropriate to punish a 4 yo in any way, let alone by hitting him over the head repeatedly.

The way I see it is that they were both responsible for the vase breaking - I had told them to stop fighting and pulled them apart then 2 minutes later there was water and glass all over the floor.

childof79 Sun 05-May-13 23:38:23

Forever I think he does want to be nice as well and most of the time he is playing it is a problem of knowing what is appropriate and where the line needs to be drawn. I just felt so angry today.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sun 05-May-13 23:38:34

I think that if you've got a lively 6 year old and a 3 year old, you have to keep an hawk's eye on them. And if you're the adult in the situation, you need to control and discipline appropriately.

If you think he's got behavioural issues, you need to find a way of supporting the family to address that, and disliking the boy himself is not going to be useful in that.

childof79 Sun 05-May-13 23:46:11

Mary - I have realised that today. Usually he is a bit calmer and they play quite sweetly together which is why today I thought it would be okay to leave them along for 5 minutes. Logically, I know it is not his fault but I do still feel a bit resentful.

Startail Sun 05-May-13 23:51:52

Your DS did break the vase, he threw the cushion. Corporate responsibility and sharing the blame is not something any six yearold would buy into.

lying rather than saying sorry is also perfectly normal, DD2 was car older than 6 before she was able to admit she was wrong and rationalize that lying was going to get her in worse trouble. Intellectually l'm certain she knew lying was pointless, but she hated being caught in the wrong so much she got in a tizz.

Six seems old and big compared to 4, it isn't. IME toddler logic doesn't wear of until 8 or 9 and when it comes to not being rough with younger DCs, I think boys really take a long time to get it.

Clearly it is unacceptable for DN to hit and push your DS, but I'm not sure it's unusual six yearold behaviour.

kawliga Sun 05-May-13 23:53:13

The bad behaviour needs addressing, but YABVU to dislike or resent a 6 year old who is having a hard life.

childof79 Sun 05-May-13 23:55:22

I would have assumed that most children start to grow out of it the toddler behaviour by this age. It is useful to know that it is not entirely unusual

childof79 Sun 05-May-13 23:57:59

I shouldn't resent him and I should try to be sympathetic - today it was a real struggle though.

Widowwanky Mon 06-May-13 00:00:42

Its childshish behaviour because gasp, he's a child - he's only two years older than your son. Your son broke a vase !

Startail Mon 06-May-13 00:01:27

Thinking about it, non of us was very fond of my younger cousin at around that age. His little sister (5 years younger) certainty wasn't.

The first sentence I ever heard her say was "Brother's name, Stop it!

He, of course, has grown up into the kindest nicest man you could ever wish to meet.

kawliga Mon 06-May-13 00:51:05

I shouldn't resent him and I should try to be sympathetic - today it was a real struggle though.

OP, don't be too hard on yourself. You DON'T have to be sympathetic when a child is misbehaving, it's ok to be very annoyed when children misbehave and then to set them right. We can't be patient all the time, sometimes we can just get really fed up with young children and need some time out (or better still get the kids to have some time out).

But it's NOT ok to be resentful of the child or dislike the child, that's another matter altogether. People are often posting here about how cross they are with their DC but to say you dislike a child is a very strong thing to say imho. Maybe that's what your DH was trying to get at. Children should know that we always love them even though we are sometimes very cross with them because they are behaving badly.

LittleMissLucy Mon 06-May-13 01:41:50

I think as its your home and your younger child at the receiving end its perfectly fine for you to step in with "No thank you we don't allow that here" and " No fighting / no hitting, if you want to stay here and play you will have to do it nicely."

Kids need boundaries and they understand rules.

TheSecondComing Mon 06-May-13 08:21:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FeckOffCup Mon 06-May-13 09:59:35

Banning playfighting is reasonable if the older one is being too rough. Sounds like you need to watch them both more closely but particularly your own child if he is jumping on beds and breaking stuff, that's hardly the nephew's fault is it? Why didn't you enforce the no throwing cushions around and supervise them to make sure they stopped instead of spreading blame around for something your child did?

Its over excited kids,both playing and it gets out of hand. Your nephew is SIX. you can't expect him to behave like an adult and keep your child in line.

Kids mess about. Ashes get broken.

I'd suggest you keep a better eye on them and send them outside to play rough.

Wishiwasanheiress Mon 06-May-13 10:08:11

Sounds like a six year old to me. Surely this is when u start to realise consequences? Ie breaking a vase = telling off? So ill lie to avoid that?

Sure I did that around that age. Dunno means he's potentially sn or anything.....?

I don't think ur bu, just unsure ur right either....

lola88 Mon 06-May-13 10:37:40

Sounds like a 6 year old to me. DN is 6 and spends all her time telling DS (1yr) off taking toys off him and stropping around like a mini teenager. It's quite normal 6 is one of the hard ages they are going through a transitional stage pushing. Pushing your child down the slide isn't nice but he was likely excited and didn't mean it in a nasty way just getting excited. You seen then play fighting you didn't stop them not his fault and I wouldn't blame a child under 4 either YOU should have stopped them you didn't. Bouncing on the bed your nephew shouldn't have tried to stop him not in the right way but I wouldn't get angry I would just explain if Ds is doing something wrong come tell you.

I think making out your nephew to be a bad child when your own is clearly badly behaved and naughty is really unfair. TBH it sounds like you want to blame him for your own child's behaviour if you were blaming me for someone else I would lie too if I was 6. Maybe you should get your own child under control before you start saying nasty things about someone else's.

IF you think there is something wrong with every child who doesn't do what you read in the parenting manuals your in for quite a shock.

Hissy Mon 06-May-13 10:43:13

6 year olds are like this. To the parent of a 4yo they are little hooligans.

You can leave a 6yo alone for a moment and usually it's OK. You can do the same with a 4yo.

for some reason, putting an otherwise cool 6/7 yo with a 4/5yo brings out a monstrous concoction that is enough to turn your hair white in about 30 mins.

My son is 7, my ExBF's son is 5. Together they can be a right handful. My son regresses, and this encourages his to act up...

You have to keep a close eye, to expect them to play nice should be reasonable, but apparently it's not. grin

mrsjay Mon 06-May-13 10:47:20

He is 6 sometimes 6yr old boys are rough it is normal imo rough play will come to your son too, give it a year or so, If you think your nephew is naughty tell him off why wouldn't you ? yabu to dislike a 6 year old child YANBU to not like the behaviour very much, tell him off guide him to do the right thing but dont hate him . the 2 boys together will cause mayhem

mrsjay Mon 06-May-13 10:48:43

oh and keep them close to you so you can see what they are both doing , the lying is self preservation he knew he shouldnt have pushed but he told a fib to get out of trouble, it isn't rare for a child to do this

mrsjay Mon 06-May-13 10:49:54

boys and girls* sorry I did mean girls too

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