Oh, the agony!
Resident agony uncle Kit Hesketh-harvey solves your dilemmas
If you can’t beat ’em
QThe behaviour of my friend’s children is getting out of hand. How far should the little toerags be allowed to go before it’s acceptable for me to step in?
S. D., West Lothian
AThis is a tricky one indeed. Put simply, you can’t tell her and you most certainly can’t tell them. That isn’t to say that you can’t take action, it merely requires a little creativity.
My suggestion would be for you to join in with their antics, with much enthusiasm. The sight of a grown man or woman pulling hair, throwing cabbage, pounding their fists on the ground and tormenting innocent gerbils is sobering, even to an infant Visigoth.
If all else fails, try vomiting over them in the back of their car. That should do it.