Brat: (n) a child, typically a badly behaved one
A brat is a child who has lazy parents.
A brat is just a child who has found out how far his parents will go before they surrender.
First of all you have to understand parenting. It is the narrow isthmus of thought existing between the mindset of Mother Theresa and the Marquis de Sade.
For if you’re too generous, your children will hug you–but then strangle you with their aberrant behavior.
If you’re too mean, they will end up in therapy, describing your atrocities to a roomful of astonished therapists.
It is truly a Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde scenario–where sometimes you must play the bad guy to actually be the good guy.
For a necessary “no” that slip-slides away into a greasy “yes” is what causes little ones to believe the world was created for their whim.
It is time for all good parents to be willing to be considered temporarily insane by their grumbling offspring so that these children can emerge from their “salad days” to be something better than our politicians.
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