Mom Haley Hassell did what she could to please her daughter: bought her a pencil case she’d been asking for. Hassell had to visit three different shops to find it. Anything to make your kids happy, right?
Proud of completing this task, Hassell finally gave her daughter the pencil case and expected some modicum of gratitude.
From the looks of her now-viral Facebook rant, it seems as if she would’ve been happy if her daughter had simply stuffed the case with school supplies and called it a day.
That’s totally not what happened.
Hassell explained her ordeal,
“Presleigh learned a tough love lesson today… I went to 3 different stores to get that LOL pencil box you see in the trash there.
When I surprised her with it this afternoon (just knowing she would be ecstatic) she stared at it and threw it in the trash and slammed the bedroom door.
She yelled “that’s stupid, everyone in my class has that..I don’t want it anymore!” ..WHHHHAT STOP COME AGAIN?”
She decided to teach her daughter a lesson upon seeing the brand-new pencil case in the bag and gave her daughter a new brand-new pencil case: a state of the art Ziploc bag.
“OK So by this time there was Probably smoke coming out of my ears and I’m trying real hard not to completely lose it on this kid that I have worked so hard to completely take care of financially on my own & make sure she always gets what she needs and then some.
BUT I thought I had always taught her to be grateful & know how lucky she was but apparently sis needed a small wake up call!!
SO before completely going Madea mad on my child I check myself and say, “okay that’s fine, let me go get the one you’re going to use”…came back with her new pencil box, which is the ziploc bag.”
She decided to teach her daughter a lesson by explaining that not all parents can afford school supplies for their children, and not all children have parents.
“I told her to get the LOL out of the trash and we would be finding a child to give it to tomorrow..one whose mommy and daddies don’t have money for any school supplies or someone who may not even have a mommy or daddy.
I explained to her she’s not entitled to anything special and she is taking for granted how lucky she is…
So for now she will be using a ziploc bag & will personally be delivering the nice box to a child that could benefit from it.”
Though it sounds like an overreaction, her post was inundated with supportive comments from parents who felt it was important that Hassell is teaching her daughter not to be entitled.
What do you think of Hassell’s tactic? Feel free to sound off on your opinions about tough love in the comments.