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Modern Manners Monday – Kids & Swag or Giveaways – When is it Enough?
Dear DMM: We attend a lot of events with our children. They almost always have giveaways for the children. It could be everything from candy to coloring books but there is usually something for the kids to go home with.
Lately I have noticed something a little disturbing to me when we attend events but I have not said anything to anyone about it. However, this past weekend, we attended an event where my son noticed what I have noticed.
At the end of this particular event, there were not enough goody bags for my children. In fact, they were completely out although the event planners said that they knew they had enough for every child and even had a few extra. My kids are pretty good natured kids and they were fine. There were no meltdowns. They were happy just to attend the event.
Later that evening, my son came to me and said that there was something bothering him. He overheard another mother telling her child to take as many bags as he could get. My son said, “You said never to take more than one for each of us. But today kids were taking whatever they wanted and their mothers were telling them to do it. Why would those moms do that? Don't they care about the other kids who didn't get anything?”
I sat there open-mouthed not quite sure what to say.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR CHILD?
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