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My partner and I have 3 lovely kids who are now 14, 12 and 9. We have a strong relationship with the oldest two; however the youngest is an absolute brat, and I honestly feel like I can’t take too much more. My partner thinks I need to be more patient, but I feel like I’ve completely had it. What should I do!?
Oh, this is a sticky situation. I’ve never really liked kids and have known for a long time that they’re not for me. But it sounds like you are doing a wonderful job with your first two so I trust that you must be a great parent. I do not have a maternal bone in my body, so I’m hesitant to give you this advice, but it’s always worked for me, so here it goes!
When it’s just you and the little one, alone and out of ear shot of others, scare them. Swear at them, and frighten them, and use a tone that is very dark, slow and solemn. I once had a much younger stepbrother who I couldn’t stand to be around, so one day when we were alone. I told him that if he ever came near me again then I would put him in a taxi and tell the driver to take him to Boganville. He never came near me again. Absolute bliss!
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