Is it normal to feel akward or not feel right watching other peoples' children?
I am 27, married of 4 years and have a 3 year old son, and Im a stay at home mom. I have 5 year old twin nieces who are my godchildren and my brother in law has a girlfriend with a 6 year old son.
Long story short....I feel uncomfortable watching my nieces without my husband...they are kind of intimidating.... they dont like to listen.
My brother in law asked me tonight if i could watch his grilfriends son while they go gambling. It was 8:30pm...they live a half hour away and the son doesnt go to bed until after midnight
....yes midnight. He has been abused by his real father...its very sad...i just want the best for him but for one...i just dont feel right putting him through staying in a strange place hes never been at our house for 4 hours and then his mom comes to pick him up in the middle of the night. I know im not his parent, i just value childrens sleep.
I felt really akward...they made me feel weird for saying no because of how late it was. I am also 30 weeks pregnant and im in bed by 9pm. That part doesnt bother me...but is it normal to squirm when other people want me to watch their kids? Some of my friends even ask....and theyve never been to my house. Im very protective of my son...i would never do that....especially when my son has never been to their house. Its not fair to a child to bring him over to a strange place in the middle of the night and expect him to sleep. Also, my brother in law and sister in law have no problem watching other kids...they find it weird that i dont like too...so they try and pressure me into it...they are very persuasive people... i know i need to have a backbone and stick to my ground, but how do i politely say no...after they repeatedly ask?