No one wants to raise a spoiled brat, but there's bound to be at least one in every shopping centre you visit, which makes you wonder if the parents of these brats even realise the extent to which their child's brattiness goes.
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'Stop your brat, please.'
There's a fine-line between doing absolutely everything you can for you child and raising a brat.
How a parent chooses to teach a child about what is acceptable behaviour and what isn't, and how consistent the parent is when it comes to following through on their style of discipline, will determine how 'well-behaved' a child really is.
Clean up on aisle 6!
How do you deal with your child when they throw a tantrum? Often children need to release their frustrations and it can happen at the worst of times, (like when you're in public and the rest of us have to hear about it while we try make it through the fruit & veg aisle in one piece.)
I've never understood how parents can leave their kids to scream and perform in the trolley as if they were oblivious to that awful screeching noise some kids make when they're really passionate about getting their way. But then I read that some experts suggest that you leave a child to carry on having a tantrum and that if you ignore them for long enough, eventually they'll stop.
I'm not sure how this is fair on the rest of the general public, or how it teaches a child that it really is NOT okay to behave that way. Surely removing your child from the situation (no matter what), and setting a precedent by actually following through on threats like, "If you shout at me again, I will leave my shopping here, put you in the car and drive home" is the way to go?
From my experience, the most effective way of preventing bratty behaviour is to avoid empty threats (and I've spoken more about this previously in other writing), but I also understand how hard it can be for a parent.
When you have all of twenty minutes between fetching your child from school and getting home to cook dinner, but you need to shoot past the shop quick to get all the things you need to make dinner (with your child) your child playing up and turning on the brat-switch makes it seemingly impossible to just up and leave. Is delaying dinner by a few minutes while you return to the shops after taking your child home on account of bad behaviour really worse than raising a potential full-time brat?
Here's a sarcastic look at how to successfully raise a brat (in four ways)
How do you combat brattiness?