Antidote Tact Tranquility Consideration

Dear Dr. Borba, I can't believe I'm admitting this, but my eight-year-old son is wearing me out. He demands to get his way, until he finally does. He asks for so much, and he gives so little. I know I'm making it worse by giving in, but it's just easier. I really think he believes the world revolves around him. He never considers my feelings or how annoying his attitude is. How do I deal with this kid and still survive?

—Ellen W, a mother of three from New Orleans, Louisiana

BAD ATTITUDE ACT OUT

"Take me now, Daddy! You're just sitting there."

"Get me a new Barbie. I'm not waiting until my birthday. I want it now!"

"MMMMOOOOMMMMM. I need to use the phone. Hang up!"

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