This Mom Is Tricking Her 3-Year-Old Into Thinking She's Getting Christmas Presents — But She's Not
One mom is being slammed by other parents online after she suggested re-wrapping her 3-year-old daughter's birthday presents for Christmas this year. Read on for the full story!
Parents got into a heated debate online after one mom asked for advice on whether or not she should re-wrap her toddler’s birthday presents for Christmas this year.
In a now-controversial post on the popular parenting forum Mumsnet, one mom asked other parents what they thought about re-wrapping old presents for a toddler to save time and money.
“We threw dd a 3rd birthday party for 15 kids and she got a lot of toys, some of which I put upstairs in the attic (because I wanted to bring her out a new toy each week). Now Christmas is coming up and I am wondering AIBU to rewrap some of the toys she opened for her birthday to give them to her for Christmas? Will she remember unwrapping them the first time?” Dec13girl wrote.
Because her daughter is only 3 years old, Dec13girl and her partner are hoping she won’t remember opening the presents the first time around.
Many parents actually thought the mom’s idea was a pretty good one for parents of small children.
“I would go for it if I were you,” one commenter wrote.
Others agreed that it was a good idea in theory, but that her daughter would likely end up recognizing the gifts.
“Odds are she'll remember them and possibly who gave them to her. My 5yo can remember a lot about his 3rd birthday and can describe parts in detail now, even though he wasn't very articulate at the time. The Christmas after his 3rd birthday he'd have known the gifts were already his and who gave them to him, but he'd have struggled to query it and I might never have known I was rumbled. At least until he'd randomly ask about it years later,” one mom wrote.
“3 is too old to do this (though I don't have a problem with it in principle),” another added. “A friend's mum used to put half her Christmas presents away and then bring them out in the summer holidays for a second Christmas - could you do something like that?”
Some moms couldn’t even get past the writer’s admission that she had been storing her daughter’s birthday presents in the attic this whole time.
“I have no opinion about the rewrapping for Christmas but I think the putting her birthday presents in the attic because you wanted to bring one out each week is bizarrely over controlling. Sometimes, it's good for a child to be able to make their own choices about what they play with, not to have that controlled by you. If you feel like there's too much stuff out at once, a toy box or cupboard would be less drastic than the attic,” one mom wrote.
In response to all the negativity surrounding her question, Dec13girl stood her ground and insisted she was just trying to come up with a gift strategy that made sense for her family.
“It's not that I'm hard up, but I just can't stand the clutter! I'm trying to keep control of how many toys we have in the house. I guess it just seems economical to me!” she wrote later.
At the end of the day, however, the majority of the commenters on the site thought the mom’s idea was just plain mean.
“Unless you are really hard up - no, it’s mean,” one woman wrote.
“Personally I think that's really mean,” another added.
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