Would love to hear your thoughts on this one...
The playgroup leader at my work was packing up and clearing away toys when she noticed a little boy stuffing his pockets with toy cars. She told him that he wasn't allowed to take them home to which his mother replied "I think he should just keep them."
The staff member was taken aback and tried explaining that she needed to use the cars for her next group but the mum refused, saying, matter of factly, "if I take them off him he will throw a tantrum".
The leader said, "So what? Sorry but he can't have them".
The mum, who seemed surprised and annoyed, then relented and asked him to put them back. The child, obviously not used to not getting his own way, angrily threw the cars across the room (he did leave one in his pocket, though!) and the mum just shook her head at the playgroup leader and said "see? This could have been avoided!" before leaving in a huff.
What on earth is this teaching him? That he is entitled to everything and anything? That there is no such thing as disappointment in life?
I was stunned