5 Tips to deal with your friend’s annoying kid
It is difficult and awkward having to deal with someone else’s child. A teacher or a relative would have a certain amount of authority when dealing with children as long as they’re in their care (but this authority is being stripped away these days).
1. ADVISE YOUR FRIEND:
If you are friends and you have children of more or less the same age- then I’d imagine you could be frank with each other. If your friend’s child is frequently in your house and misbehaves, you have the right to speak to your friend and ask her to deal with her child. Hopefully, she will not take offense. A lot of parents are touchy about anyone complaining about their offspring or even correcting them. But if you put forth your concern with tact and love, your friend might accept that her child needs correction and deal with it.
2.IN A PUBLIC PLACE:
If your friend’s child misbehaves in a public place and her parents are present, then it is their responsibility to deal with their own child in a manner they see fit. If the parent’s are not present, then as a mentor, you can go ahead and correct the child without being too harsh. Make sure that you never beat the child. A warning would suffice.
3.WHEN YOUR FRIEND COMES TO YOUR HOUSE UNANNOUNCED:
If your friend comes unannounced with her child, quietly and quickly remove breakable objects and put them beyond his reach. As you’re entertaining, bring in some playthings that are safe to give him (you won’t mind if they’re destroyed). Take him to an area close by so that both of you can keep an eye on him.
4.WHEN HE COMES TO YOUR HOUSE BY INVITATION:
You have time and opportunity to organize things in such a way so that he is not able to do much damage. There will be other children to give him attention and to keep him under. If your friend comes, then she would be another adult to help. Avoid giving sugary juices or sweets at the beginning of the party. Consumption of these makes children hyper active and boisterous. You can serve the food at the end perhaps, when they are tired and subdued after playing high energy games.
5.WHEN HE IS CHEEKY AND RUDE:
If he behaves like this in your house, you have a right to check him. Take him aside from the other children and explain why you don’t like his behavior. Keep his parents in the loop, to avoid any heart burn.