And you teach parenting?

January 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm 1 comment

This morning, I was going through my email, and a digest from a group I belong to came through. They highlighted some posts of the week, one being “My Daughter hated all her gifts!”

The train wreck drama lover in me (sorry-I was one of those college students who watched Jerry Springer in the commuter cafe during lunch..I do love a good train wreck. What’s a train wreck? Something you know you shouldn’t look at, but you can’t bring yourself to look away.) decided that I should click on it. I did and came up with this article about how her young child had a tizzy fit because the gifts weren’t just right, even though they were the ones she asked for. This little thing even threw toys across the room. Mom, in her ultimate wisdom, hugged the child, put the toys away for a time when she was in a “better space to deal with dissappontment” and then proceded to chat with her child about how when you get a gift you don’t want, you say, “Thank you, but I don’t want this.”

Excuse me? Thank you, but I don’t want this? WHAT?

Whatever happened to being gracious, kind and enjoying the fact that you got a gift!

This little so and so, with her mom’s permission, even made a “return pile” of gifts from her grandmother.

How wrong is that?

The saddest part is that this parent not only teaches parenting classes, but advocates a “less plastic” lifestyle, where you cut down on the material things in your life. How can you teach a child to look past the superficial, when you’re teaching them that “I don’t want this” or a return pile for gifts is perfectly acceptable? I don’t know, and I don’t get it.

We’ve taught Isaac that it’s ok if he doesn’t like something, but you say “thank you” and then we talk about it later when the person who gave the gift isn’t around.

I just can’t believe that people follow this woman and her “teachings” and are all sorts of ok with this whole thing.

Me? I’m disgusted.


Entry filed under: annoyances.

Goodbye 2009, hello 2010! a new adventure…

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. amey  |  January 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm “Thank you but I don’t want this?” It’s okay to say “no thank you” when you’re offered cake or a drink or whatever. But to open a gift and that? Dang.

    I’m okay with the return pile but you don’t deal with that when the giver is RIGHT THERE?

    Someone needs to go all Miss Manners on her.


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