I am looking for a short story about a young problematic ultra smart boy, with fighting parents, that gets a robot/alien babysitter/guardian.

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    When did you read this, was it a long story or short story in an anthology?
    – user46509
    Jan 21, 2016 at 10:58
  • The description is rather short, I can think of a South Park episode that fit exactly this description. Care to elaborate ? Also welcome to Scifi&Fantasy SE. Jan 21, 2016 at 11:09
  • yeah it was in an old anthology. I remember the boy was genetically modified to be very smart and pretty and was behaving badly - and his parents were forced to take on this creature, i also remember the creature taught the boy discipline and to pity his kind of narcissistic parents Jan 21, 2016 at 11:23
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    Your description is too skimpy. Please tell us everything you can remember about the story and the book you read it in. How old was the boy? 19 years? 2 years? How was he behaving badly? Was he running red lights, setting cats on fire, highlighting books, walking through doors marked "no admittance"? Was the story set on earth, in space, on another planet? Was the anthology in hard cover, trade paperback, or mass market paperback format? Was it a general anthology or did it have a theme, like "robot stories" or "bratty kid stories"? Did it have interior illustrations?
    – user14111
    Jan 21, 2016 at 12:15

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Just looking at the title instantly gave me the answer because I remember reading it as a child.

It is Benjamin McFadden and the Robot Babysitter:

When Benjamin's parents go out and leave him in the care of his robot Babysitter, the mischievous boy becomes bored with its rigid ways and reprograms it for "fun." Things get quickly out of hand, and Benjamin is in for more "fun" than he can handle.

  • Outside of the robot babysitter, how does this match the OP's description? (1) Short story in an anthology? (2) The boy was genetically modified? (3) Fighting parents? (4) The babysitter (robot or alien) taught the boy discipline?
    – user14111
    Jan 23, 2016 at 12:12
  • Mischievous boy? The robot tried to teach the boy it was better to go to bed and obey his parents, but Ben reprogrammed the robot because he was super smart.
    – John Bell
    Jan 23, 2016 at 12:30

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