« Last post by KatGamer on Today at 05:35:04 AM »
I'm just wondering if I could have handled anything differently. For the past few years a dear friend, let's call her Melissa, has invited me to Thanksgiving and Christmas in her home. I'm very fond of her two granddaughters, ages 11 and 8, who are sweet and always polite.
This year, she had a great-niece (her sister's granddaughter) along who I had never met. She is also 11. We will call her Anna.
Shortly after their arrival, Anna started singing and dancing to the "Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae" song. Melissa has a string dislike for the song and told her to stop, asking me "don't you hate that song?" I'm not particularly fond of it so I said that no, I don't like it either. Well apparently Miss Anna didn't want to upset Aunt Melissa, but for the rest of the day (several times) she would walk up and stand in front of me and sing and dance the song. The first time I just said "please stop, I don't like that," and after that I just ignored her.
Melissa wanted to step outside with some of the others for a cigarette and asked if I would keep an eye on the new grandson who was 11 months old. He was in a high chair next to me at the table and being no trouble at all, and I said yes. Well, Anna is very fond of babies (as I must admit that I was and still am) and took off his high chair tray to get him out. He naturally had a large amount of food in his lap so I said, "He's kind of a mess, let me get some paper towels," but before I could finish my sentence, Anna had lifted him out of the high chair and let all the food fall on the floor. Yes, I cleaned it up.
Finally, I had seen some seasonal flavored chap sticks at the store the day before, and bought a few as treats for the other granddaughters. Luckily I'd had the foresight to buy an extra, because even though I found her less than pleasant, I didn't want Anna to feel left out. I gave one each to the other girls (who thanked me) which somehow Anna didn't see, and then I turned to her and said "Anna, would you like a cake batter chap stick?" Her response: "Ewwwww, who's used that?!" I weakly replied that it was still sealed and the other girls said that theirs were brand new as well. Anna took it but didn't thank me.
I mostly just didn't say anything except asking her to stop the song that once, but I'm not really used to dealing with kids her age. Was there anything else I should or could have done?