Ungrateful Child? 7 Holiday Gaffes and How to Deal

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The Cousin Con

You're excited for your little one to hang with her cousins ... that is, until you overhear her bossing them around or being a bully. Hasn't she heard of holiday spirit? As a parent, it's your job to step in and stop the rudeness. "You can interrupt and redirect if you hear words, tone, or even see facial expressions that express sarcasm," suggests Theresa Spinner, senior public relations for the National Association of Social Workers. "Talk to your children about your values and how you believe friends should treat one another." And, if the behavior continues, remove your tyrant tot until she agrees to play nice.