My kid turns 8 this week, and like any normal kid in America, she is excited about the prospect of birthday presents. Like any normal parent in America, I'm absolutely dreading the birthday presents.
Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely jazzed that people are kind enough and love my kid enough to want to make her day special with gifts. That means I must be doing something right here.
I don't want to sound ungrateful (although I'm sure I will), but I've been here before. Year after year after year, the birthday parties happen, and year after year after year, my kid ends up with something that I would never in a million years have actually bought for her.
Does that make me a bad person? Hating gifts someone went out of their way to buy my kid?
But if I'm going to hell, you might as well jump in the handbasket with me (I promise, there's room ... and maybe some chocolate).
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Because I know I'm not alone. Every mother and father I know has had one of those "Oh God, who bought her THAT?" moments, when their eyes bug out and their mouth drops open. We're usually pretty good about it; we paste a huge smile on our faces and shout an overly effusive "thank you" to cover our horror.
We aren't rude, for cripes' sakes, we're just ... real. And in real life, sometimes kids get things their parents don't want them to have ... like anything on this list!
Fingers crossed we make it to 8 without them!
What is the worst thing anyone has ever bought for your child? What did you end up doing with it?
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