Some thoughts that came to me as I viewed this video:
- It’s not cool to laugh when someone else spits at a gift. The parents/ relatives/ friends/ whoever was there only encouraged the child in his outrage at receiving such a “terrible gift” when they laughed. What has the child learned? It pleases mom and dad to spit at a gift.
- Those around the kid encouraged him to hate books with their response. Is that really something we should encourage? Rather, shouldn’t we inculcate a love of reading at the earliest age?
- What should the parents have done? I imagine that, based on the child’s reaction, he’s already been well trained to want only toys and not books. However, the parents very well could have demonstrated, at the least, a gratitude that someone would send a gift, as well as at least try to enjoy that gift.
- Plus, you know, encouraging a kid to swear — even “marshmallow swear” — rankles me more than a little.
Did you see anything funny in the video, or, like me, did it simply make you feel bad that the kid would be raised in such a household? Am I just taking this way too seriously?