4-Year-Old Brat Gets Kick from Irritating Neighbor

By Buren, Abigail Van | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), January 4, 1995 | Go to article overview

4-Year-Old Brat Gets Kick from Irritating Neighbor


Buren, Abigail Van, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Dear Abby: My husband and I have been married for seven years. We have no children yet, but we're "working on it."

We live in an apartment building. A young woman, "Nellie," lives across the hall. She is five months pregnant and has a 4-year-old stepson, "Roger," who is a handful. Roger gets whatever he wants by screaming and kicking. He kicks the furniture and Nellie, and he's kicked me a couple of times.

Nellie had a doctor's appointment yesterday, and she asked me if I would keep Roger for a couple of hours. What could I say?

Well, Nellie was gone for 4 1/2 hours, and Roger tore up my apartment and did everything he could think of to irritate me. When his mother came back, she asked me how Roger behaved, and I told her, "Just fine."

Abby, I never want to keep this child again - even for an hour. I know Nellie, being pregnant and all, will ask me to keep him again. She has no family in this city.

How can I get out of it? HAD IT IN BALTIMORE

Tell her the truth. Say that Roger is too much for you to handle, and you do not want the responsibility of looking after him.

You did her no favor by telling her he was well-behaved in her absence. She needs to know - not only for her sake, but also for Roger's - that the boy needs to be disciplined. It would be a kindness to her, and Roger.

*****

Dear Abby: I read the letter signed "St. Petersburg, Fla.," written by someone who said his neighbors, who had children in high school and college, acted like a couple of teen-agers. …

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