Saturday, January 7, 2012

Am I a bad mom, or did our parents flat out lie to us?

This was the first xmas the kids were all given money and allowed to shop for us (in a controlled gift buying program at school) without us knowing what they were picking.

It was awesome - they were SO STOKED to give us what ~they~ picked out for us. They could barely keep it a secret. They all gave us their presents, proud as proud could be.

And it all sucked.

Of course we oo'ed and ah'ed. We hugged and kissed. They beamed. And now I have to wear a shirt covered with pictures of large diamonds, with the letters M-O-M blazened across the front.

I'm going to find the people who stock the xmas gift program at their school and I'm going to kick their asses. Then I'm going to take their jobs and stock their store with stuff that could be considered at least somewhat cool. Oh - and after their asses are sufficiently kicked, I'm going to make them wear diamond tshirts.


Lisa said...

I love the idea of the program. I think it's great for teaching the kids about giving to others and the responsibility of spending money. But, the school needs to be responsible as well in not trying to rip off the parents by having at least a decent selection of gifts. You should totally be the one to stock the selection for next year.

I was a lot older then your kids when I started to buy my parents gifts. So, I don't think they really had to lie because I actually bought things I knew they would like.

jenn said...

I think I need to see a picture of this!
I don't remember exactly when I started getting parental gifts myself, but it was definitely after getting a job, so probably 14-16. Before that our names just got put on whatever my mom bought herself. Which she actually still does on occasion with my dad! Kind of ruins the surprise, but she's never disappointed.

Sara said...

Yeah, that stuff is usually pretty bad. Great idea and love that it gives kiddos a chance to surprise their parents, but surely they could find better looking stuff!