There’s a lot more to parenting than just bringing a baby into the world. Nevertheless, some parents didn’t seem to get the memo—more than a few of them have no problem merely giving their kids anything and everything they want. Little do they realize that, more often than not, they are setting their kids on the path to guaranteed monsterhood.
Don’t believe me? Here are 42 of the worst stories of what happens when a child turns into that special brand of beast that we know as a spoiled brat.
42. Role Model
Some kid at an extended family gathering got an iPhone 8 for Christmas and said: “I was expecting the iPhone X!”
I gave my nephew some books as a gift. He said “Oh man, are you kidding me?” and threw them on the floor.
40. The Only Way to Travel
My friend’s kid was in a stroller until he was 5 years old because he couldn’t be trusted not to run off into traffic when they were out in public. If only life for the rest of us was as simple as being chauffeured around wherever you want to go without even having to move a muscle.
39. Making Amends
A girl at my high school constantly whined and complained because her parents refused to move out of the master suite of their mansion. She felt that she deserved it, because the attached walk-in closet and bathroom were bigger than hers. To reconcile this, she had her parents pay to redecorate her room every single year.
38. Keep On Truckin’
There was a kid in my brother’s grade whose parents bought him a brand new Dodge. He blew the engine of his truck within a week. So, his dad just bought him a brand new Ford to replace it—oh, and paid to have the Dodge fixed. This kid got over $100,000 worth of trucks within just a few short weeks.
37. Spoiled and I Know It
I have a billionaire customer with four kids, and all of them are pretty spoiled. However, the worst case is the youngest one, who once said to me spitefully “We’re going on Tiger next week and you’re not allowed to come!”
Tiger is the name of their yacht in southern Italy.
It’s not just that he’s spoiled that gets to me, it’s the fact he knows it and rubs it in purposely.
36. Empty Threats
My husband and I moved to a new city and spent a lot of time with his gal pal from high school. She had a toddler son who was absolutely atrocious. She threatened him with punishment all of the time for his behavior, but never followed through. We would often meet her for dinner—where he would throw a tantrum, and she’d say, “If you keep acting like that, we’re leaving.” He kept acting up but she never left with him.
35. Pinch Parent
I was seated next to a Texan once on a flight, with an entire family behind us. The 9-year-old kid, who was seated directly behind him, would not stop kicking and pushing the seat as if nobody else mattered or even existed. After a while, the Texan turns around, looks right at the kid, and says, “You keep kicking my seat kid, and we’re gonna have problems”. Kid stares at him blankly for a second, and the Texan continues “You understand what I’m saying? Keep your feet off my damn seat or I’ll beat you to smithereens”. He stares him down for a full 10 seconds. Never looked at the parents once, and the kid looked petrified. It was clearly the first time he had ever been talked back to, and he didn’t know how to react. The Texan then turns back around, looks at me, and winks.
It was pretty classic. The parents never said a thing, and the kid was like a mummy for the rest of the flight.
34. Family Planning
One classmate’s mom and step-dad literally asked her for permission to have a child together. She told them no because she wanted to be an only child. They listened.
33. If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em!
A girl at my college who had always been extremely spoiled wanted to be the perfect sorority girl that she had always imagined she would become. Therefore, she demanded that her boyfriend step it up and she began trying to mold him into a typical ‘frat bro’.
She changed his hair and clothes and made him rush tons of frats. When he didn’t get into any, she had her rich parents help fund the start of a new fraternity on campus. I still don’t think it’s an officially recognized fraternity, but they’ve been trying to get it validated for three years at this point.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, she had them declare her the “fraternity sweetheart,” and plastered the title all over social media.
Umm, hello? It wasn’t even a real fraternity! This is what happens to people who always get what they want, they turn into complete monsters!
32. Spoiled Doesn’t Always Mean a Jerk!
In college, I was trying to work out how I was going to purchase a textbook that I needed for a class. I had come to the conclusion that I had to wait till the next week when my part-time job paycheck came in and I’d try to survive in the class until then. My friend took notice of this and came to me the next day with a brand new textbook he had bought with the credit card his parents gave him. He said he buys so much on the card that his parents wouldn’t question him about it, even though he didn’t get it for himself. He was super spoiled, but also helped me out—so I guess I can’t say anything disrespectful about him. Hopefully, you get the point though!
I was a nanny for a kid in the US. One day, she threw the biggest fit over the fact that her parents gave an old backpack of hers away to charity. She had gotten a new one just a month ago.
I was so appalled. I usually work with kids who have so little and still don’t act like that.
But this one was just a spoiled brat.
30. A Step in the Wrong Direction
I went to high school with the son of the owner of a large TV company. He thought he should be allowed to sit alone in the classroom surrounded by unfilled desks. I had the “privilege” of sitting in front of him and was constantly harassed with attacks from his ruler and pens if he thought I was even remotely leaning back.
29. Sounds Like A-Hole in One
The last time we hung out with my friends and their kid, we went mini-golfing. Each time one of us hit our ball, he would snatch it and throw it across the course. I wisened up to this and immediately went to pick up my ball for safekeeping right after I hit it. As I was picking it up, he tried to grab it out of my hand and fell over lightly. He laid on the ground, pounding his fists and crying. His parents looked at me like I was the jerk. We ended up limiting our time with them as a result of the kid’s bad behavior.
28. Coffee Break
I was a camp counselor for a while. One week, I was responsible for the granddaughter of a man who owns a big coffee shop. I don’t know how materially spoiled she was, but I was baffled that the kid could not understand that having a rich grandpa does not entitle her to get to use the only working tetherball, alone, whenever she wanted, simply because she demanded it. I had to have a 10-minute conversation with her during playground time about how, at camp, everyone is equal.
27. Car Trouble
On my friend’s 16th birthday, her step-dad gave her his one-year-old hummer. She full on cried when he tried to give her the keys, because it was both used and “the wrong color”. Naturally, they went out and bought her a brand new one in the color she liked that same day.
26. Those Don’t Count!
A kid at my school was constantly saying things like “Ughh, my parents suck, they never get me anything!”
Meanwhile, she went to Malibu over the winter break, and got both a MacBook and an iPhone XR for Christmas.
25. The Road Less Traveled
My cousin’s daughter used to smash and break things as a way of “punishing” her parents when she didn’t get her way. She got a brand new car when she was 15 years old, despite not even being able to learn to drive until you’re 17 where we live. She got it just because she wanted it.
She then decided that she wanted to take the car for a road trip with her friends, and she told her dad she would accuse him of molesting her if he didn’t pay for all the trip expenses.
24. Eating His Words
An ex-friend of mine was given a puppy at his seventh birthday party. He publicly threw a tantrum because he didn’t like the breed.
Thankfully, the puppy was given to his aunt and the little brat was told he would never receive another pet. Cue epic tantrum saying he changed his mind.
Nope. Didn’t work.
23. Hey, Big Spender
This one girl only ever wore designer clothes and would constantly make fun of people who couldn’t afford to wear the same. When we went to the mall, I would often buy nothing. Meanwhile, her parents would give her not one, but two credit cards to go buy whatever she wanted.
22. Disrespecting Your Elders
This one girl whose mother I used to know would spit in her Granny’s face if she didn’t give her money every time she saw her. She also told her dementia-ridden Grandpa that she couldn’t wait for him to die so she could buy herself gifts with the inheritance money.
21. My Little Phony
I was at a friend’s house who has two little girls, about 7 and 2 respectively. It was around Christmas and a bunch of us had brought presents for the two girls. The 7-year-old opened one of them and started crying because she didn’t like the gift. My friend, the mom, tried to console her. She continued having a tantrum nevertheless.
So, the mom then asks the friend who brought the present if she wouldn’t mind getting her something different to replace this. Specifically, if she could buy a specific brand’s pony toy—significantly more expensive than what the friend had originally bought. Mom then proceeds to leave the house to go buy this pony for her daughter herself.
20. Time to Hang Up
A girl in my grade broke or lost her phone six separate times in the past year, and her parents replaced every single one for her. The last time she broke it, she actually had the gall to complain because her parents got her the second most recent model as a replacement instead of the newest one.
19. Blaming the Victim
One time, we saw my friend get upset with her kid for throwing a toy at her head, only to see the kid’s dad yell at her, “No! You shouldn’t have given him that toy! Now YOU apologize to HIM!”
18. And Party Every Day
My ex had this friend whose parents were loaded.
He lived in an upscale apartment downtown with just him and his girlfriend. Didn’t have a job. Dad paid for everything.
All he ever did was throw parties and go to music festivals, even ones out of the country. Didn’t know the meaning of a dollar and always threw fits if any little thing didn’t go his way.
17. At Least the Dog Didn’t Eat It
A classmate of mine decided one day that he hated doing his homework. So, his mom and dad did all of it for him, including writing his papers and doing his school projects from start to finish.
16. Sharing is for Suckers
In high school, a classmate of mine turned 16. For her birthday, her parents gave her a brand new BMW—but with the understanding that their live-in maid would get to use it once or twice a week to get groceries and run errands for the family.
Unacceptable! A week after her epic tantrum, she received a brand new Land Rover.
15. Wrong Jurisdiction
A friend of mine has a son who is spoiled rotten and is clearly on the path to becoming a really terrible person. A few years ago, I saw him in a parking lot at night playing hide and seek. He was maybe 9 years old. I said, “Hey buddy, maybe you shouldn’t be playing hide and seek in a busy parking lot at night, you’re smarter than that!”
The kid replied “What are you going to do about it? Tell my dad? He never tells me what to do, so why do you think you can tell me what to do?”
I laughed and said “Fair enough, get run over for all I care!”—and proceeded along my merry way.
14. Mamma Mia!
This 3-year-old refused to eat rigatoni and made her grandpa cook her penne instead. Her parents just let it happen. I went to the bar.
13. Modeling Excellent Behavior
A former friend of mine decided that she wanted to be a model, so her parents paid for modeling school and dozens of photo shoots. She wasn’t ugly, but she was definitely not model material. She would brag to everyone that she was a model and talk about having another gig or photo shoot, when in reality it was paid for by her parents to keep her happy.
12. The Proof Is in the Pudding
Years ago, a student of mine was bragging about all the extravagant Christmas gifts he had received that year. If he was to be believed, he received some “15 games per system.”
Based on his grades that semester, I believe that he likely did.
11. I Guess Beggars Can Be Choosers
My mom’s cousin’s kid was, and probably still is, the worst. She was like something out of a TV show, stamping her foot and getting her way while her parents scrambled like madmen to ensure that she got everything she wanted.
Once, when my Grandpa was very sick, she had to be driven home by my uncle. She point blank refused to get in the car. When asked why, she said: “My daddy drives a Ferrari. I’m not getting in that thing!”
It was just a basic Ford Fiesta. She sat on the floor and screamed. We told her to get in the car. She still wouldn’t, so my uncle called her dad. Her dad then drove all the way back from the hospital and picked her up like it was no big deal. She was 6 years old at the time.
10. Good Luck With That…
A teenager once told me that he was going to feel like he was living in poverty if he made anything less than a million dollars a year. The kid lived in Idaho, wasn’t even 20 yet, and had never worked a day in his life.
9. There’s No Place Like Home
One student at university drove a brand new Jaguar and lived off-campus in an elegant house, with a housekeeper and cook provided by his parents.
It was as if he were “granting an audience” to faculty and staff by his presence.
8. Room Disservice
A girl I went to high school with had her own private living room in her house with a flat screen TV, multiple gaming systems, a desktop, massage chairs, and a pool table. Again, this was a bonus room just for her—on top of her bedroom and the rest of the family’s main living room. If her parents ever tried to go in it, she would scream at them until they left.
7. Row Row Row Your Boat
A girl at my high school used to complain that her boat was a foot short of being a yacht.
Not her family’s boat. They had a different boat. This was her boat.
6. You’re Never Too Old!
This 30-year-old guy I know named Matt is the most spoiled person, adult or child, that I’ve ever seen in my life, hands down. He is abuses substances and still lives at home. His parents literally drive him to the city on a regular basis and give him money to buy junk with. He works at his parents’ restaurant, delivering pizzas in his dad’s BMW. He can goof off on the job and take days off all the time, never having to worry about being fired. And the jerk still has the nerve to whine about how awful his dad is!
One time, I watched him literally cry his eyes out on the phone, begging his dad for money. As soon as he hung up, he whined because the dad was going through a slow period at the shop and said he would not be able to deliver any money that day.
Naturally, this guy ended up landing himself in jail recently—and he may even still be there for all I know.
5. With a Little Help From My Housekeeper
There was a kid at my high school.
When he was 14, he had a learner’s permit, but his parents got him a Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Every day, he drove it to school and was determined to park it in the parking lot to show it off. So, he had his housekeeper drive to school with him and her son drove a car behind her to take her back home—which was only about 2 miles away from our school.
4. Doing the Crime, and the Time
My friend’s 10-year-old son is a brat and is always getting sent to his room for one thing or another. The other day, I peeked in to the kid’s room. Laptop, desktop, TV, and three game systems. Oh my, what a horrible punishment! Amnesty International is going to write letters about this.
3. That Poor Dog!
I used to babysit these kids. The one girl didn’t feel like doing her homework. I told her we only have a couple questions left and that I had been helping her, so it was gonna go by quickly—and we could play games as soon as she was done.
In response, she told me that she wished I was dead, threw a bunch of crackers on the floor, kicked her dog in the nuts, and said she was going to blame it all on me and get me fired. This girl was six. Of course, her parents didn’t believe I threw food on the floor and assaulted their dog, but there were absolutely no repercussions for what she did. They just turned their heads, put their hands on their hips and were like, “what did we say about lying?”
2. Or Else…
I used to work at a toy store, so I’ve had to listen to some pretty ridiculous things. What stuck with me most, though, was a 9-year-old boy who warned his mother that they had better leave with a Nerf gun or else she knew what he’d do when they get home. The look on his face was akin to that of a person who purposely belittles their spouse in public.
1. Happy Nothing Day!
A child who was a guest at someone else’s birthday party threw a tantrum because she wanted presents too. She got her way—her parents took her shopping right after the party and she got a brand new Gameboy.