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post #1 of 17
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A family with boys ages 15, 11, and 9 are without a Nintendo DS video stystem this Christmas. Their Dad and Mom asked them to clean up their rooms. The boys only fought, cussed, and gave obscene gestures.

The parents had sat down with the kids a week earlier and told them e-Bay was the consequence if their fighting didn't stop. Dad and Mom were tired of not having any peace in the house. (The parents also admitted that they were to blame for being slack at times.) The boys said they'd change. But they didn't.

The oldest boy double dared them to put it on e-Bay as the parents had promised. So, they did. The Dad and Mom are upset, according to the article.

Do you approve?
post #2 of 17
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I applaud the parents for following through with their promise. But, I wouldn't have given the history behind the sale on e-Bay. To me, that is embarrassing to them and the kids. But maybe the kids needed to be embarrassed?

The saddest part to me is the lack of respect children have for their parents. The question is, how do we change that? Less stuff and more chores?
post #3 of 17
I guess that's what you call "tough love". It reminds me of the Florida parents who went on strike and moved into a tent on their front lawn. Does anybody know how that story ended? Or are the parents still camping out? My reaction is that kids have to learn that life is one long series of "give and take", not just "take". I'd say chores and rewards (the traditional carrot and stick?). I'm not a parent, but as a teacher, I've definitely learned that being too easy-going (or too strict) is a mistake. Meaning I'll prepare and mark pop quizzes every day for a month or more if my students are ill-prepared for class, but I'll also allow them to "goof off", and discuss and joke about totally irrelevant stuff if they're excited about vacation, or are simply swamped with tests in other classes. A certain balance has to be achieved.
post #4 of 17
Sounds like they need Nanny 911- out of control kids generally means out of control parents, and to much sweets, and to much spoiling. Trying to be their kids friends instead of their parents-
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by hissy
Sounds like they need Nanny 911- out of control kids generally means out of control parents, and to much sweets, and to much spoiling. Trying to be their kids friends instead of their parents-
OMG, do you have that TV show, too? We have it here, and I've never watched it, but there are so many "excerpts" from it in the regular news broadcasts. I wonder how many people become absolutely paranoid about the very existence of small children because of the broadcasts?
post #6 of 17
Yes we have it, and i am consistently amazed that the parents all follow the same pattern, they spoil the kids, there are no boundaries, they feed them sweets whenever the kids want and they scream, yell or get physical with the kids-grabbing them, not necessarily hitting them
post #7 of 17
I think they are doing the right thing. Clearly they have been lax before, but the parents are clearly trying to straighten things up, so I think this is a wise way of doing it.
post #8 of 17
Good for those parents. Kids needs boundaries and its the parents' job to set and enforce them. Many times, I padlocked bicycles and locked up the cable box, when my boys were growing up.
post #9 of 17
I would do it in a second! I applaud what the parents did.
post #10 of 17
$5300 worth!!! Was that market value of these electronics?
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
$5300 worth!!! Was that market value of these electronics?
Wow! The article link has changed Rockcat. When I first posted it, the story was about the kids and their parents. Now the link is an article stating that the Golden Palace has purchased an high publicity e-Bay article again...this time those boys Nintendo for 5, 300 dollars!

This is the same casino that bought the Virgin Mary cheese sandwich and the walking stick of the ghost. (28,000 dollars and 46,000 dollars).

It seems as if anyone gets publicity on e-Bay, this company buys the product. Told you guys we needed to get creative...because the Golden Palace is watching!
post #12 of 17
It says the money's going to charity... if I were one of the parents and I spent, how much was that stuff worth - over $100? on my kids, then put it up for auction, I'd at least like to get my money's worth back before giving the rest to charity.

I wonder about that casino that keeps bidding on random stuff. I'm just waiting for it to all end up being a hoax or something... how do they have so much money? Yeah, I get it... it's a casino. Still...
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by hissy
Sounds like they need Nanny 911- out of control kids generally means out of control parents, and to much sweets, and to much spoiling. Trying to be their kids friends instead of their parents-

post #14 of 17
Good for them

I always remember my best friends son who was only 7 years old at the time had asked his mum if he could have an ice cream from the ice cream van. My friend said "No", he said "But i have my own money!", again she said "No", so he said he was still going to get one!.

She said "You get one if you dare and i'll take it from you and eat it myself!", thinking she was joking he still went and got one so she waited until he came back into the house and took it straight off him and ate it!.

He didn't do that again!
post #15 of 17
It sounds like showing those kids a lesson was long overdue. It reminds me of my nephews. I love them, but it pains me to see how they treat my sister and brother in-law, especially during the last two weeks of holidays. They are also many long years overdue for even the slightest amount of discipline.
post #16 of 17
Now i watch super nanny yes the nanny 911 show and those kids just make me crazy!
we have to turn the sound off because the way those kids scream it i dont know they would just shatter all the windows!!

And it is true, all the parents just give them sweets and show that they arent mummys or daddies that they are just their friends.


If i were a mother i would be a lot stricter to my kids and they definetely do not get anything other than water before bed! and do not get anything untill they have been good. and if they still miss behave they will stay in their rooms and miss out on all of the fun things they have. Like dancing classes or sport or going to their friends places.
post #17 of 17
Good I am glad they did this....kids need way more boundries then they are givin now....crime is through the roof bacause parents want to befriend there kids and not parent there kids....kids were out of control 10 years ago when I was 14....now adays it is just getting worse.........I am scared of younger peole now, and I am only 24..lol
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