Child Is Upset She Got A Table That Wasn’t An IPad So Her Mom Returned It
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We all want to see our kids happy, but what do you do when things are hard and you just can’t keep up with the latest Apple trend in the electronics department? Kids today want the best of the best.
This mother was recently divorced and finding her way as a single mom of three for Christmas. Here’s what she did when her oldest daughter threw a fit over not getting the iPad Pro for Christmas. Her daughter’s reaction and her ungratefulness were too much.
The original poster (OP) shared her story of being a single working mother of 3 daughters, being limited on finances, and how the husband/father ghosted the family.
The Gift Debacle
OP said her ex-husband is no longer around to spoil the kids as he had in the past. After he and OP finalized their divorce, he changed his number and has not spoken to anyone in the family, saying he hasn’t even reached out to their daughters. OP says she has been looking for him because he owes the family money, but she has been too busy to spend much time on this.
OP asked the girls what they wanted for Christmas. The two youngest wanted a Nintendo Switch, and the oldest asked for an iPad Pro with a pencil. OP told her daughters she has a limited budget and told her oldest daughter that it would be extremely difficult to get an iPad Pro, but she will do the best she can.
OP felt like she was at an understanding, especially with her oldest. Christmas morning came, and the girls opened their gifts. The two youngest were happy to get their Switch and games. However, the oldest threw a fit that her gift was a Samsung tablet, not the iPad Pro she wanted.
The End Result
OP told her she could not afford an $800 tablet, so she bought her a good brand tablet instead. OP’s daughter started yelling at her, calling her the worst mom ever and saying she misses her dad. OP told her that if she misses her father so much, she calls him, knowing full well that his phone number is disconnected.
OP told her daughter that she needs to understand that her father is not around anymore, that she has to take care of her and her sisters on her own, and that money is very tight.
OP finished by saying she can only do so much, and if this is the attitude she’s going to get for making sure she got something for Christmas, she’ll return the tablet. OP’s daughter burst into tears and ran to her room; they had not spoken much since the incident.
The next day OP returned the tablet to the store, which was its end. OP feels bad and feels like she should have understood her daughter’s feelings more.
Redditors Weigh In
One took Mom’s side and said, “Don’t fall for that bait. She’s mad because she didn’t get an iPad Pro, period. If she had gotten it, Dad’s name would have never come up. She’s being spoiled and tried to use her father as a weapon.”
While another disagreed with mom and said, “YTA, “I told her that if she misses her father so much, she calls him, knowing the number is disconnected,” Your daughter is going thru some stuff right now, and your response is to antagonize her. That’s just cold.”
One summed it up and said, “Spoiled? Nah. She’s grieving and was just abandoned by her father. She needs compassion and understanding.
Teenagers have outbursts. It’s what they do. They’re having hormone fluctuations and are still learning effective ways to cope. This particular teenager also has extra going on. This was just cruel.”
Another said, “She should never have been allowed to think it was a possibility. She should have been told that the iPad Pro was impossible and given time to process it and consider a budget-appropriate item before Christmas morning. The disappointment was likely exacerbated by seeing the twins get their wish list item – although they have to share it.”
What do you think was mom justified, or was the daughter’s behavior excusable?
This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Motherhood Life Balance. Source: Reddit
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