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Mr Newton sighs, "ever known anyone so spoilt you would love to strangle? I lived with a Paris Hilton-a-like who complained about everything, stomped her feet and whinged till she got her way. There was a happy ending though: she had to drop out of uni due to becoming pregnant after a one night stand..."

Who's the spoiltest person you've met? Has karma come to bite them yet? Or did you in fact end up strangling them? Uncle B3ta (and the serious crimes squad) wants to know.

(, Thu 9 Oct 2008, 14:11)
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Not spoilt any more, oh no!
Our child is now the nicest person you could hope to meet, but 7 years ago it was VERY different.

Ever wondered why spoilt brats get like that? I'll tell you. Have kid late after years of trying, then Dad proceeds not to rock the boat while Mum is spoiling child because he likes living under a roof, then let it all get really out of hand by working insane hours to keep up with demands for unnecessary crap.

It all came to a head on a holiday abroad. After Mum spent 2 HOURS to get child out of bed, offering her food from a kneeling position, having it spat back at her, I'd had enough.

"I'm going for a shave. When I get back, she will be up, dressed, and eating at the table. You will not help her. You will instruct her. I married a woman, not a slave to a fucking little bitch. Yes, LittleScars, I mean you. (Howls) If it doesn't happen, I will cycle to the nearest station, get to Paris, take the Eurostar home, and the first one there changes the locks. Ten minutes, starting now."

I've been scared before and since, but never like that. Still, I got back, LittleScars was eating nicely, MrsScars was pale but calm, I nodded at both of them and we started our new life.
(, Thu 9 Oct 2008, 21:45, 7 replies)
If I ever grow up, get around to marrying someone, having a sprog who happens to be spoiled, I have my inspiration.
(, Thu 9 Oct 2008, 21:49, closed)
take the little fuckers firmly in hand and stop the rot before it spreads any wider.
(, Fri 10 Oct 2008, 1:31, closed)
Just out of curiosity, why was it the Mum's job to do that? If you had such strong opinions then why weren't you doing it?

Yes it is a very good way to deal with a spoilt child, but parenting is a two part thing. Just the way it's coming across is a bit...off
(, Fri 10 Oct 2008, 3:12, closed)
elements of ^ this
One of the common things you always see on supernanny and the ilk is that the parents don't back each other up.

However, that's not to say there's not more to this story than we don't quite understand.
(, Fri 10 Oct 2008, 10:15, closed)
Oh, I tried, I really did
Basically, I was constantly undermined. Any instructions or requests were countermanded, usually with "Daddy doesn't mean that". It was made fairly plain that going loopy would result in "get suitcase, pack suitcase, fuck off." You lie to yourself when you love someone: "There's always tomorrow" or "maybe this time she'll see the light". Occasionally, when I was with LittleScars on my own, we would be calm, happy and stable. Then the dismal circus would restart.

I brought it to a head in France because I no longer cared. The two people I loved the most were the people I despised the most. So I showed them a naked blade, as it were.

Had it gone the other way, I would have wept buckets, but over the loss, not the decision. After it was long past, I found out that what I witnessed was by no means the worst. A neighbour told me LittleScars had been seen kicking her mother in the back, hard, to get her attention. At the age of 6, she had wet herself rather than get off the sofa, because she hadn't been given a hand up when shouting "I need the toilet". And so forth.

Now? She's growing into a charming, polite, lovable young woman. Still a few odd moments, but no more than usual for her age.
(, Sat 11 Oct 2008, 0:12, closed)
Well kudos to you then, it can't be easy feeling like the only sane one of the bunch. Glad to hear things have worked out ok for you guys.
(, Sun 12 Oct 2008, 2:44, closed)
For finally facing it and dealing with it.
(, Tue 14 Oct 2008, 17:23, closed)

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