Pick Your Prize from GiftTree.com
The entries are in and we had a hard time narrowing them down! Below are our favorite of the Mean Mom stories entered into our contest. Cast your vote between now and midnight on February 28. The story with the highest vote count will win a $50 GiftTree gift certificate. The story with the second highest number of votes will win a $25 GiftTree gift certificate. We will also choose our favorite story and that person will win a $25 GiftTree gift certificate.
Which Mean Mom Story Should Win from GiftTree.com?
- 7) "137 Days of Good Behavior" (54%, 58 Votes)
- 2) "No More Fighting" (17%, 18 Votes)
- 1) "The Frozen Treatment" (15%, 16 Votes)
- 4) "Every Day a Mean Mom" (6%, 6 Votes)
- 3) "Nothing Wrong with a Little Scream" (5%, 5 Votes)
- 5) "The Clean Mean Mom" (4%, 4 Votes)
- 6) "Long Distance Apology" (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 108
1) “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!
2) “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.
3) “Nothing Wrong with a Little Scream” This morning I carried the title “Mean Mom”. I have 2 teenage sons and every morning it a struggle. They never want to get out of bed, they eat their breakfast slwo and every monring I am late getting to work. This morning, I had enough. Enough of them ignoring their alarms, not putting their homework up from the night before or having their clothes ready. So What did I do? What any other Mean Mom would do…..SCREAM!! -At the top of my lungs. Boy did it get their attention and put the boys in motion. Yes they were talking under their breathe and had attitudes all morning, but it worked.
Needless to say everyone was on time.
4) “Every Day a Mean Mom” I don’t think one event caused me to be dubbed the Meanie Mommy. Every day I hear that someone doesn’t like me anymore. Last night I was really on my game though! I was exceptionally hated!
Last night my youngest decided she didn’t like me anymore because I wouldn’t let her take her favorite stuffed animal in the bath. My middle decided to take back her valentine because I wouldn’t let her color the pictures on her older sister’s homework even though she promised to stay in the lines, and the oldest decided she was going to move out because I had found out she skipped her 4th block class last Friday to go shopping at walmart with a friend and I grounded her (which will cause her to miss the Winter Ball on Friday).
The oldest has been grounded more days of her life than not, but somehow I’m the Mean Mom!!! I didn’t make her get in that food fight at school when she was 8, I didn’t stuff a frog in her pants pocket and put it in the dirty clothes to be washed (what a mess that was), I didn’t force her to try marijuana (thank God she was brilliant enough to hate it and never do it again), I certainly didn’t twist her arm and make her skip school. Yet, I’m the mean one….
I need one of those shirts! Think I’ll buy one when the teen pays me back for the dent she put in my truck when she kicked it in anger because she didn’t get her chores done and room cleaned in time to go to a friend’s house (she had a week, but I’m mean because I didn’t give her 8 days…)
I know I’m not alone though. This story probably could belong to every one of you! High five to all you mean Moms!!!!!
5) “The Clean Mean Mom” After spending an entire day with the kids, working to help them clean and re-organize their room, I went to the kitchen to make dinner. I went back to their room to tell them dinner was done only to find it completely trashed again (couldn’t walk into the room without stepping on something). While they were eating dinner, I collected everything in trash bags & they had to earn each individual item back. After a couple weeks, they went through the bags and decided there were things in there they didn’t really want or need anyway, and we donated them. It worked well at getting them to think about whether or not they still need everything they have or if it’s just taking up space in the house.
6) “Long Distance Apology” We were on a family trip to Hawaii. After a day of sight-seeing around the entire island (including stops in gift shops), I was cleaning up my kids’ laundry. I was shaking the sand out of the clothes and ‘clang’ out came a keychain. A keychain of a girl’s name in Hawaiian. The girl was my 13 year old’s ‘girlfriend.’ And he had no cash on him that day. So I deduced he stole it. After confronting him and talking about how wrong it was to steal, why it’s wrong, what would happen if he was caught, I made him write a letter of apology to the store, look up the address, and spend his money on postage to mail the item back to the store.
I don’t even think it was mean, it was just the right thing to do. he was mortified. He’s lucky the store was 90 minutes away, because if it was closer, we would have made him go in person to return it and apologize.
7) “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.