A pediatrician laments about treating rude children


For years, I took care of a very rude child. When he was 3, I called him rambunctious-and I talked to his mother about "setting limits." At 4, I called him "demanding." At 5, he was still screaming at his mother if she didn't do what he wanted, he still swatted me whenever I tried to examine him, and his mother asked me worriedly if I thought he was ready for kindergarten.

A rude child's world revolves around: I want that so give it to me; I am angry so I need to hit; I am wounded so I must howl. And of course, one of the long-term consequences of being a rude child is being a rude adult-even a rude doctor.


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