I have just returned home from my 4 year old (soon-to-be) niece’s birthday party. (For purposes of this story, her name will be “Rachel”.) Her father is my fiance’s brother. (I’ll call him “George”.) George and his wife “Connie” were hosting a cook-out for Rachel. Connie’s sister “Stephanie” and her husband “Alex” were there with their children, among them “Rose”, who was also 4 years old. Keep in mind, this cook-out was held outside, and food was being cooked on the grill outside.
When it came time to cook food, Connie and George started with the children, who had a choice of hot dogs, hamburgers, or cheeseburgers. Stephanie took a count, gave it to Connie, and Alex piped up with, “Rose only wants her hot dog BOILED! She is not going to eat it grilled. Someone needs to boil her hot dog!” Stephanie said that it didn’t matter; she could eat it grilled, and no one was boiling food anyway. Alex whined, “No! Her schedule this weekend has been completely interrupted by this barbecue! And now she won’t be able to eat her hot dog! She needs a boiled hot dog!”
Unfortunately, I do not know if Rose received a boiled hot dog or a grilled hot dog, as at that point, I took a basket of utensils and brought it out to the deck and didn’t go back in. I was appalled at Alex’s lack of manners and entitlement. Here he is, a grown man, demanding that his 4 year old daughter be given a boiled hot dog, when no one is cooking on the stove, and the host and hostess aren’t serving boiled hot dogs. Alex, instead of encouraging entitlement behavior, should be telling his daughter that she is a guest in her aunt and uncle’s house, and she needs to eat what is put before her. Then he insults them by saying that his daughter’s schedule was thrown off by the barbecue. 0525-15
It looks like Alex’s wife, Stephanie, had him and the situation under control. It’s not like Alex was incapable of going into the kitchen, getting a pot of water boiling on the stove, cook the hot dog, serve it and clean up his mess on his own. Stephanie is probably used to dealing with her husband’s entitlement mentality that others need to do what he will not.