‘That’s stupid! EVERYONE in my class has that.’ She threw it in the trash and slammed the door.’: Mom teaches daughter ‘tough love lesson’ on being grateful

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“My daughter Presleigh learned a tough love lesson today.

Courtesy of Haley Hassell

I went to three different stores to get that popular L.O.L. Surprise! 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, 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!’


Okay, so by this time there was probably smoke coming out of my ears. I was trying real hard not to completely lose it on this kid who I have worked so hard to completely take care of financially on my own and make sure she always gets what she needs, and then some.

BUT I thought I had always taught her to be grateful and know how lucky she was. Apparently sis needed a small wake up call!

SO before going completely 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.’

I came back with her new pencil box, which is the good ol’ Ziploc bag.

Courtesy of Haley Hassell

She lost her mind!

Suddenly the L.O.L. Surprise! pencil box she just trashed was good enough and the Ziploc bag was horrible

…but it’s too late for all that.

I told her to get the L.O.L. Surprise! pencil box out of the trash and that we would be finding a child to give it to tomorrow. One whose mommy and daddy didn’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 and will personally be delivering the nice box to a child that could benefit from it.

Maybe I overreact sometimes, but I would’ve done anything to have all the things she does as a child. I truly believe Changing your perception and just being grateful can turn around any situation in life.”

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