Congratulations to the winners of our Mean Mom Story Contest! And a big thank you to our sponsor, Gift Tree!
First Place: $50 GiftTree.com Gift Certificate: Shannon
“137 Days of Good Behavior” When my son was almost 5, we were about to see the movie “Up.” While we waited for the movie to start, my son asked, “Why is everything always about you, Mom?” I was furious and heartbroken because we’d done so many things for him that weekend. I took him to a private place and told him how he hurt my feelings, and that we’d discuss it at home. I tallied up everything we did that weekend (Tae Kwon Do tournament with an entry fee, birthday party for which we had to buy a gift, fast food as a treat when we had groceries at home, the movie tickets…) and the bill came to $137. I made him earn a dollar a day with good behavior until we had $137, and spend that money on games, movies and toys for The Ronald McDonald House’s game room. When we delivered it, his consequence was over and we started again.
Whenever we talk about a high number, he uses 137, because he knows that 137 is a lot.
Second Place: $25 GiftTree.com Gift Certificate: Ashley
“No More Fighting” We had just walked through the gates of Disney and scanned our cards. The kids started to fight. “What’s my rule, no fighting at Disney” We turned around and walked back to the hotel where we spent the rest of the day. I was a mean mom all day. They have don’t fight at Disney anymore.
Staff Pick: $25 GiftTree.com Gift Certificate: Angela
“The Frozen Treatment” I always got frozen cokes for my children while we shopped at Walmart. One day, my oldest (probably around was misbehaving. I told him the next time we went to Walmart he would not get a frozen coke. So the next time we went, I purchased extra large frozen cokes for everyone, including myself (even though I didn’t want one), except for my oldest. I then began to go on about how refreshing this frozen coke tasted and it was just too bad that he could not get one. Inside I did feel a little bad, but I needed to follow through on his punishment. And let me tell you, he never acted up again!
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