Wish List Gone Wrong



Dear Dharma,

I just need to rant a bit, and maybe get some comments from you.

With Christmas (or “the Holiday Season”, whatever) just fading into the past for another year, I have to get something off my chest.

What is with parents who send out shopping lists of gifts for their kids?  I thought this was a one off aberration when I had it happen to me, but I have heard from a few people that they have also gotten lists of acceptable gifts for Little Suzy or Johnny from some of their friends with children.

I can see the point if it’s related to allergies (no kittens) or social beliefs (nothing from sweat shop labour, or no leather) or something like that.  But this is more like “only XBox games, no Playstation”, or “No off brand clothes, only Kate Spade” or ridiculous  crap like that.

And nothing on the list was cheap!  If the kid got everything on it, we’re talking $1000’s of dollars!

Is it part of the modern age of entitlement we seem to live in?  What are your thoughts?

Tiny Tim

Dear Tiny Tim,

Wow, wow, this really is the week of Christmas past!

And ugh.  Just ugh.  There you go, my thoughts on this situation in four words.

Is this type of request part of the age of entitlement we currently are entrenched in?  You betcha… and isn’t it just gross?

I am often wide eyed and mesmerized by this change in behavior over the past few decades.  I’ve talked about it before… Teach Your Children Well and Tantrums and Tiaras are just two of the one’s that highlight this subject…

It’s like… what happened? Like seriously, can you imagine your grandma doing this for your mom when she was a child?  Like, never in a million years!  So… what changed somewhere in the… 80’s maybe?  I don’t know, I really don’t, but I am open to anyone wanting to weigh in on this in the comments section.

I’m glad you aren’t asking me for any specific advice on this, and are just giving me a venue to rant right alongside of you.  I appreciate it, I really do.



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