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If your child came home with this from a kids party would you be upset?

Mum shares how her excited daughter came home from a kids party with a new pet.

“I got a Finding Dory,” the toddler announced when the babysitter brought her home from the peewee camp at our neighbourhood park.

It had been another girl’s birthday, and the mother brought fish as party favours for all 20 kids.

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” My husband and I foster three sisters. The Toddler is the oldest — at 3 years; the Infant clocks in at 18 months and the Newborn is six months. We have two dogs, both rescues, and an aquatic turtle we built a small pond for after it wandered into our back yard and never left. Our hands were full with responsibilities we chose without having another life foisted on us.”

I ranted on Facebook explains Georgene, “and a work acquaintance confessed to giving hermit crabs to the attendees at her nephew’s birthday. She said the kids thought she was the greatest. Last year, a neighbor found herself the unwitting recipient of two aquatic turtles when her child celebrated her fourth birthday. They died a few months later, bringing more trauma to a kid who was already struggling to cope with her parents’ divorce.

And that was my fear. The Toddler had already suffered so much in her short life — what new ordeal would the death of a pet be? 

“We did our best for Finding Dory, got him a proper bowl with gravel and a plant, but our best wasn’t enough. A month after he arrived, I noticed he was more listless than usual, and my husband explained to the Toddler that Finding Dory was sick. The next day, I found the fish floating at the top of the bowl, his deep blue scales turning a washed-out gray.

When the Toddler came home from Head Start, she asked how Finding Dory was doing. I explained he had died, and the Toddler sobbed, inconsolable, for over an hour.”

Read the full article on Washington Post.

How would you feel if your child returned from a party with a new pet?

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  • Very irresponsible of the person who gave them. I wonder if the person was prepared to mind them when the recipient was going away for a holiday or was sick and couldn’t look after it, especially if they were in hospital. Would be interesting if several of the families involved went away at the same time.

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  • Not very considerate of the party giver !

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  • It’s surely different but it also requires a lot of commitment and responsibility. So, no, I don’t think I would be happy.

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  • Perhaps if the party organiser contacted each parent and asked or put something on the invitation, maybe. But a pet, goldfish or otherwise is a responsibility. It’s a living creature that needs to be looked after, not just thrown away.

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  • They should ask the parents first if it’s OK to give any sort of pet

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  • This is definitely a bad idea.Some people don’t realize that pets mean responsibility.

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  • I don’t think this is fair of the party giver.

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  • Animals should not be given as gifts. Animal ownership is a massive responsibility and one which needs to be taken seriously. Families need to make decisions about animal/pet ownership and not receive them as a whimsical gift.

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  • yeah i mean that thought is nice but it is not really practical for some people. Maybe if it was a party with your actual close friends and you knew their stance on this….if they were cool with the idea, go for it.

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  • Seriously? Who gives a pet to anyone for a gift? Unless you are a couple and you go to the pet store together and select a pet that will be the gift for either yourself or your partner, pet gifts should never happen! Who are you to choose a companion for someone else. Plus when we are talking kids it’s usually the parents responsibility to then look after the animal.

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  • I wouldn’t be happy. That is the decision of the parents.

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  • Noooo. A pet of any kind needs to be chosen by the family factoring in many things. I don’t think you should give anyone a pet (outside your immediate family) as a gift, left alone as a party favour. I think this is totally irresponsible and not well thought through at all.

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  • Oh dear …. mum of the party but not the school drop off line!

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  • They weren’t very considerate, they should have asked first.

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  • OMG….hell no…. I would not be happy at all.

    Several years ago we had an incident with my middle daughter. She came home from her friends house with a puppy. She was so excited. She kept saying that she couldnt take it back because it was a gift. I had taught her that when someone gives you a gift you politely say thank you.
    My husband demanded she take the puppy back. She did but she was in tears and so upset that she refused to talk to him for a week. She kept saying over and over “It was a present and I loved him” My husband ended up phoning the guy that gave her the puppy and blasting him over the phone. He told him how irresponsible it was to do that to a child.

    After much drama in our household we ended getting her a kitten which was much better suited to our lifestyle.

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  • I’d be gobsmacked and angry. Being a fish isn’t the point, she should have asked the parents first. Some families don’t have pets for a reason.

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  • They should have asked the parents if it were OK first.

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  • Pets come with responsibilities ..be it a gold fish or a golden retriever and there should be much thought put into it.
    This mother had no idea of the families circumstances and certainly had no right gifting such a responsibility on such a young child.

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  • I think it’s a lovely idea in theory but really, who provides a pet to someone without asking first? Really, that’s what’s going on here. Of course the kids think the party child and their mum is the best – is that what they are going for? Did they provide the child with a fishbowl, pebbles, filter, fish food as well? That adds up to a bit! And since most aquarium fish don’t have a long lifespan, and considering the age of the child, of course it would be devastating to try to explain why their fish died. No thanks. I’d be making sure to invite that child to my kid’s party and serving up an equally unhelpful and inconvenient present for them to take home – maybe some drums or a recorder.

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  • What if a child is allergic to certain animals? Or the parents don’t have the money or time to maintain that animal in a proper way. Please just stick to a toy and maybe some healthy snacks but don’t decide for the parents that the children needs a new pet…..

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