We have a group of friends that we have known 10 years, 4 couples, we now all have kids and socialise a lot together, including camping, holidays abroad etc. One couple has a daughter, 8, that generally causes a lot of strife with the other kids. A lot of it, is very trivial stuff, so when I describe it, it might sounds like typical behaviour from a child. I guess it’s now getting to the point we don’t really want to socialise with the couple as much because of their daughter. Some of her behaviour is quite cruel and odd. We were at a BBQ and I saw through the window as she took a toy off someone’s 2 year old and put it on a higher shelf and watched as the little girl cried as she attempted, and failed, to get the toy. Locking little kids in a room and watching through the glass door as they get hysterical, with a blank look on her face. “Accidentally” knocking kids food onto the floor, taking precious toys and hiding them, laughing when other kids hurt themselves.. She seems to completely lack in empathy. I love hanging out with the couple, we get on great with them, but it’s getting more and more unrelaxing socialising with them, because of their daughter. I guess this is part vent, but I’m also interested in other peoples thoughts on why she behaves like this and what we can do going forward.