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Handle This: Break the Rules?


Welcome to DearSugar's new feature: Handle This. I'm going to give you a hypothetical scenario and ask you to tell me how you would handle it in the comments below. Let's give it a whirl.

Your best friend asks you to baby sit her daughter so she and her husband could have a night to themselves after the craziness of the holidays. Of course you oblige even though you're not the best when it comes to kids. Your friend is a very strict mom and leaves you a laundry list of rules to obey by, including no sweets, an early bed time, and absolutely no television.

An hour into your babysitting duties, the toddler throws a temper tantrum. She starts screaming and crying and you try everything in your power to calm her down; you sing to her, you hold her, you even try to feed her again, but nothing seems to help. Your patience is running thin and you call another friend to ask her what to do. Her only advice is to sit the screamer in front of the TV until she falls asleep. You know how against TV your friend is, but your patience is about to run out, so what do you do? Go against the grain and risk getting yelled at by your best friend, or keep up your efforts of trying to calm her down without breaking the rules? Tell me how you would handle this!

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