Host wants to trim tiny terror from his barbecue guest list
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have thrown a barbecue for all our friends every summer since we were first married. Over the last couple of years, our little party has morphed into a family-friendly event. Our problem is one of our good friends is now the mother of an insufferable 3-year-old boy.
“Fenton’s” behavior has been awful for two years. At the last party, he managed to throw our iPod, slam our stereo to the ground, pick up and throw another child and terrorize a gentle dog. He barged in on a nursing mother and refused to leave when asked. We also suspect he was the one who tore our baby gate off its hinges.
The mom is preoccupied with a new baby and deals with the situation by making idle threats. The dad makes jokes about how “it sucks to be a parent” and tells his kid to stop annoying him.
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