When Holly, Zach and Jake woke on Easter Sunday expecting nice surprises, instead they were left devastated to see what Easter bunny had left for them.
What they found was a note:
“To Holly, Jake and Zach,
I am writing you this letter to let you know that this year I have decided you are on my ‘naughty list’ and I’m not bringing you any Easter eggs or gifts because I have been watching carefully and you have been very naughty,” it read.
Fighting, arguing and not doing as you are told.
I have rung Santa and told him to keep a close eye out to see if your behaviour improves then you will still have time to make his good list.
I hope next year you can do a better job of being good and I will bring you some yummy eggs and a nice new toy.
Please behave for your mummy and remember, I am always watching.
Love Easter Bunny…. “
The children were understandably left devastated.
Queensland mum Tracy Elizabeth wondered if she had gone a little too far. Whether she should dash off to the shops and pick up some chocolate?
“I posted it on my own Facebook page and felt it was a bit of lighthearted fun on an Easter morning,” Ms Elizabeth told news.com.au.
“Anybody who knows me, they know I’m a good parent, I know I’m raising my children the best I can, I’m the first person to go absolutely overboard and do outrageous things for them.”
So she posted a video, along with the note, to a Facebook community group, and the comments exploded.
“Please tell me I’m not the only parent who has done this to their kids,” Ms Elizabeth wrote. “Waiting for them to wake up and feeling like cruellest mum on the planet but hoping it teaches them a lesson for the future.”
The mum has been forced to defend herself against a debate raging over whether it was in fact the right thing to do.
With over 540 Facebook comments, opinions are divided with many raging at the Sunshine Coast mum that it is cruel, while others have taken the task of defending entitled children.
Ms Elizabeth said her children “aren’t temper tantrum kids”, but over the Easter school holiday period they began acting up, fighting like every typical kid, “but I have been saying to them ‘if you don’t start respecting each other or me and my rules, things like the Easter bunny and those special treats aren’t coming into the house any more’.
“They definitely called my bluff, this year I thought, ‘no, I’m going to teach them a lesson’.”
“There’s no perfect way to parent, there’s no right and wrong way of doing it, I want to raise respectable little human beings that understand there are consequences if you do wrong things.
“Hopefully we get it right”.
Parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson, shared the news story on his Facebook page writing, “Something inside me just broke when I read this.”
He explains, “There are ‘better’ solutions that don’t require hurting our kids to get the message across.
If we want our kids to do the right thing then punishments can be effective. But if we want them to do the right things for the right reasons, punishments become pointless – even counter productive.
Our kids need our patience as we work with them rather than our impatience as we do things to them. True learning comes from love, not fear.”
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