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
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27-11-2013 23:15 #1
I was left gobsmacked yesterday...
27-11-2013 23:17 #2
Holy cow the kid is obviously spoiled. If this is her attitude imagine what he'll be like as he gets older
27-11-2013 23:20 #3
She is teaching him that stealing is okay, for one.
27-11-2013 23:20 #4Senior Member
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My two year olds life is one big disappointment atm! WANT! Can't have! Cry, wail, tantrum. Rinse and repeat.
Yeah, it's so draining but cars/doll/whatever belong to playgroup, you can't take them home. Such is life.
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27-11-2013 23:23 #5
Thats disgusting behavior! By the parent in particular!
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27-11-2013 23:24 #6Senior Member
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What a loser...so she was just prepared to let her child steal ....
27-11-2013 23:24 #7Senior Member
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Really! She thinks its ok for her child to get everything even if it means others missing out? Wonder how many toys he has at home already - probably enough to start his own play group.
27-11-2013 23:27 #8
A+ parenting right there.
Hmm wonder why he has tantrums? Perhaps someone gives in to him when he throws one.
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27-11-2013 23:28 #9Senior Member
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Lol. Thats Dispicable. What would she tell the check out attendant that catches him pocketing a kinder surprise! Then if he throw it too and the egg cracked would she have to.pay? Lol. Its not funny but it is. Some people.
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27-11-2013 23:28 #10
It sounds like pretty poor form. It also sounds like this boy rules his household and maybe mum is tired/intimidated/over it and doesn't have the skills to repair the damage that has been done.
But, I guess because I'm a teacher, I'm a big believer in adults backing each other in front of kids, and that's what would have really annoyed me most of all, because now she has undermined the pg leader in front of her child and diminished her authority...
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