How do you tell your best friend....
that their kids are spoiled brats? My DH asked me that last night. We just spent the weekend with his best friend whom he's known since college, his friend's wife, and their three kids. These kids are destructive, don't listen, whine about everything, eat nothing but junk food (they think a "snack" is M&Ms- and get it, before dinner!) and are generally very unhappy. I genuinely feel sorry for the oldest as he gets the brunt of the mom's yelling. It's a horrible cycle. They run wild, she screams. They stop for five minutes... and here we go again. (She also yells at other people's kids on the playground). I personally can't really tolerate the wife, but I do so for my DH. She is shallow, ignorant, and generally complains about everything. I think the issue is with her parenting, not the kids.
The worst part is after spending time with them my DD gets contaminated with their whiny, demanding behavior and it takes a few days, if not a week, to get her back on track. All the kids have this mopey look that they take on when they don't get their way, and it makes me crazy to see it on her face.
I told him that you don't tell someone that. But maybe I'm wrong... and there's a way to do it so that the dad won't get offended.