I had a rambunctious little patient who obviously didn't like to listen to his parents or behave or do anything he was told to do. In other words, he was a brat. The PA came out of the room, rolled her eyes and said, "Good luck with that one." Obviously, the parents didn't practice the art of discipline, in any form.
Later, I went in the room to give him some Zofran ODT. He wouldn't take it and threw a fit in his mother's arms. I didn't have time to deal with this. I gave him a choice - I told the little devil, "You can take this pill which tastes like candy or I can give you a shot in your leg with a very big needle. Which one do you want to do?"
The little monster pointed to the pill and immediately ate it without complaint or resistance.
There's always more than one way to skin a cat!