I was quite surprised at what my sister gave our nieces & nephews for Xmas this year. Their mother (my other sister)thought they were not given much compared to my DS. My mother didn't see a problem with it.
I will try to explain-
I have 1 DS, sister A has 2 kids under 4, sister B has 6 kids (5-12 & a baby).Sister A & B were much closer to each other then me growing up but have fell apart a bit in the last few years ( very different lives, parenting styles etc), hence I have become closer to both of them separately. Sister B has said a few times not to bother getting her kids much cause it will cost too much or just to give them $5 for their bank acc(there's no way I'm giving them money).
We all went to mums for Xmas lunch and gave each other presents. DS gets a little box of duplo, plastic noisy guitar and 2nd hand Thomas the tank engine train thing that stores little trains from sister A. Sister B's kids get a board game suitable for 5-8yo and a second hand board game for older kids from sister A. The baby also got a toy (can't remember what it was).
A few days I was talking to sister B and asked what the kids got from sister A as I had only seen the 2 board games.DS's presents would of cost more then the presents given to the 6 kids. I was quite shocked at the obvious favouritism towards DS. He is too young to notice but the older kids of sister B would certainly notice.
I also spoke to mum about it but she just defended sister A by saying that is what sister B had asked for( I'm guessing she said to get them board games) and that presents given before hadn't been appreciated ( sister B's kids can be a bit feral and the younger ones esp don't take care of their toys.
I just shudder to think what Christmases are going to be like in a few years when the kids take more notice of what's going on and see that 1 family gets more then the other.
Not sure what the point of this thread is but thanks for reading the novel if you got this far !!!