Carolyn Hax: 'Spoiled brat' niece is all of 4 years old

  • Article by: CAROLYN HAX
  • Updated: January 3, 2013 - 2:45 PM

Should bad behavior be rewarded with Christmas gifts?

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mplsbigmamaJan. 3, 13 6:50 PM

"She's 4", would have answered the question completely instead of 3 paragraphs of rambling by Hax. Babysit a 4-year-old for 3 hours, and you'll get a challenging taste of parenthood.

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suefranpatJan. 3, 13 7:55 PM

Carolyn has twins. She KNOWS all about the challenge of parenthood. There was no rambling involved but insightful context.

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quizzyJan. 4, 13 6:52 AM

I think it is fantastic that the child told the adult not to touch her in that manner. More children need to understand that even if an adult thinks what they are doing is okay, if the child is uncomfortable with it, it is NOT okay.

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goalie16Jan. 4, 13 6:57 AM

Why is this a concern.. they need to tape it, put it on Youtube, get a TV show and rake in the bucks.. Use this child for money and stardom..

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JMarvinJan. 4, 13 9:57 AM

The reason for the snotty outburst aside, this child has simply not been taught any manners, which passes as normal these days. Normally bored children at a family event DO NOT scream, stomp and run. Our children didn't, and we didn't dare. Such an insolent talk back to our elders, parents, aunts or teachers would have earned us a slap across the mouth, and we knew it. Nor did we even think about throwing a tantrum at a restaurant or in a store. As a result of the "new normal," one cannot go anywhere anymore without being accosted by children acting like wild animals in a zoo. After having been physically body blocked by a seven year old who pushed me out of her way in a store while her mother looked on, having my feet stomped and cart rammed by running kids, having a shirt ruined by two year old in the next booth throwing food at a restaurant who also threw up, and having my nerves rattled by screaming kids hitting the high notes whose parents refuse to take them out, I try to refrain from shopping in stores until after 10pm, or going to restaurants that are likely to kowtow to neglectful parents, although that is not always a guarantee, either.

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hecklesJan. 4, 13 2:22 PM

No a child should not act in that manner but there could be more than meets the eye. This could be a thing at only happens a couple times a year. This could be something the kid uses to get attention and the parents choose to ignore so the child does not think this behaviour will get her attention. The child could have some disorder/mental handicapp that the family doesnt feel the need to tell you about. etc etc. It could go on. Overall kids these days can be out of control and when I was a child you didnt act that way, the parenting was so different. This could be a case of poor parenting or it could be something else. Why punish a four year old in such a manner that she wont understand though? And why is this the writers concern anyway?

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