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Top ten comebacks for people with rude children

What to say to the parent of a brat

We have all seen them—bratty kids, whose parents will not step up and tell their kids to behave. It is not the child’s fault. They are too young to understand or have not been taught how to behave.

Parents need to teach their kids to respect other people’s space and boundaries. We live in a civilized society, but you wouldn’t know it when you see how some kids behave with they are out and about.

A mother I know was at the park. Jules ran into another family who attended the same school as her kids. The mother was really nice. She had a good professional job and seemed switched on until it came to her kids. Two of her kids were throwing rocks at a toddler. She saw it and did nothing to stop their behaviour. Jules finally said, “Aren’t you going to tell them to stop throwing rocks?” The children were being taught by their parents that it was OK to behave like savages.

Here is a top ten list of snappy comebacks that you can use on parents of rude children. These comebacks are light enough that the person will still speak to you afterward. It’s best to say these comebacks in a joking way with a smile on your face.


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Top ten comebacks for people with rude children

  1. Do not handicap your children by making their lives too easy.
  2. If Helen Keller could be taught manners, what’s wrong with your kids?
  3. When I was I kid, we didn’t have behavioral disorders. It was called being a brat.
  4. Your kid makes me want to OD on birth control.
  5. Call me when your kids have grown and you’re an empty nester.
  6. I’m sorry your kids were born normal but have been turned into brats by bad parenting.
  7. Spare the rod and end up with a spoiled brat with a sense of entitlement that demands instant gratification.
  8. Your kid is NOT tired or hungry. Your kid is a little brat and you’re responsible.
  9. You should quarantine the kids to their bedrooms…they have obviously been infected by the ‘brat’ virus.
  10. Everyone talks about leaving a better planet for the kids. Let’s try to leave better kids for our planet.

Definition of a bratty kid

A bratty kid is a child who behaves badly, annoyingly, and is spoiled. They will demand attention and make a scene whenever and wherever they can. Everything just needs to go their way, or else they will throw tantrums.

Since this is a youngling, they will also show little remorse for their annoying behaviour. If anything, they will go on a streak just to frustrate you even more.

How to deal with someone’s bratty kid

Adults don’t pick fights with kids. But sometimes, you really just want to do things you shouldn’t do.

Anyway, here are some tips to keep these bratty kids from behaving like a whippersnapper.

1.      Set boundaries

Kids need to know their limits. If they don’t, they’re more encouraged to push their needs and wants and throw tantrums when they don’t get their way.

By setting boundaries, you’re setting the tone for their emotional development and helping them understand what is appropriate behaviour.

2.      Communicate effectively

Behaviours don’t sprout out of nowhere —there has to be something underneath.

In some cases, kids are acting bratty way because they’re hurting inside.

This has to be a two-way street. You should talk to them and explain the consequences of their behaviour. In return, you should also hear what they have to say.  

3.      Don’t engage in arguments with a bratty child

Don’t argue with a child. It will distort their thinking in having the power to challenge you. Over time, they will even use this as a tactic to get what they want.

If you want to teach them to change their behaviour, you have to set an example. Try to remain calm, composed and playful when talking to them. Help them figure out those feelings keeping them from behaving positively.

4.      Encourage positive behaviour

Kids quickly learn what is “good” and “bad” behaviour with constant guidance.  

That said, when you notice something positive in the way a child is behaving, praise them. You can also impose consequences for each behaviour they project.

5.      Seek support

If you have a child or are dealing with someone’s bratty kid, you can ask for support from teachers, parents, and even a child psychologist.

You have to understand that there are some cases that are serious. There are behaviours that are typical for a child and are more destructive. Thus, you should seek the kind of support that you need.

 All this is a lot for anyone with a bratty kid on their hip, but you can always start with communication and follow through the rest of the steps. There has to be a reason why they’re acting this way. That’s what you need to find out.

In the meantime, you should build deep patience and wide consideration to come out alive in this journey.

The role of counselling and self-care

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When you are dealing with a child who is bratty and rude and you find it stressful, consider getting support from a professional. Talking to a counselor is a great way to work through a challenging situation, and help you find some strategies to work through the person’s behaviour.

Better Help is a great resource where you can talk to a counselor from the comfort of your own home.

Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.

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