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Torn parent needs advice about child

Torn parent needs advice about child

Dear Tante Camilla,

I received a call a couple weeks ago from my neighbor saying that my son is picking on their daughter. I think he really just has a crush on her and feels rejected because she doesn’t like him back. Now he’s making fun of and being mean to her. I told him he better stop and took away his phone for a few days but apparently it didn’t work. I don’t know what else to do. I feel bad that he was rejected but know it’s not right what he’s doing.


Torn parent

Dear Torn Parent:

I remember one time when ma fille was being done the misere by a boy at her school. At first we thought it was just how boys play, you know. Pulling the pigtails and all. Then she stopped wanting to go to school, saying she was malade. Well come to find out it was because of that motier foux t-boy. Eh ben, Clovis him never said too much but don’t you mess with his petit fille. He went wait for the bus one day and made her show him who the boy was and pulled him off and gave him a whippin’ you wouldn’t believe and told him to tell his daddy that if he didn’t like it to come find him and he’d give him one too. Oh, bon Dieu. I thought he lost his mind. But the little boy never bothered her again and his daddy actually made him come apologize when he found out what happened. But you can’t go around spanking other people’s kids now-a-days because you’ll go to jail.

Anyway, bonjour, mes amis. This is Tante Camilla ready to give you some advice. So venez ici and écoutez.

Let me tell you something. Taking a phone away, that’s nothing. That don’t really teach a kid anything. They still have computers and those games they play and all that. And for a few days? When a kid is mean spirited and canaille, you got to straighten him out right away or they gonna turn out to be a bon rien and give you trouble their whole life. And if he treats girls like that now, how is he going to treat his wife when he gets married? I know a lot of people don’t like it anymore, but you need to take him outside and make him pick out a big switch and whip that fess so that the next time he goes to say mean things about that petit fille, he remembers how much it hurt him and will know how much it hurts her.

What if the tables were turned and she was the one being mean to your petit gateau? What would you want done?

Eh ben, c'est tout pour asteur. When I get another question you’ll get another answer.

-Tante Camilla

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