Whatever happened to the old saying, “You get what you get and you don’t get upset?” I think some moms need a refresher course in this very elementary logic. Especially the ones who have taken to sending detailed emails to dictate what kids should receive as birthday gifts. What kind of control freak mommy-from-hell would do that?
UK radio personality Myleene Klass posted a photo of some ridiculous emails she received from parents at her child’s school – directing parents what to give the birthday girls:
Remember when you could just buy a gift, bring it to a birthday party, and be done? Those were nice times. Now we have to make sure we’re optimizing the child’s birthday gift by collectively contributing to get the most expensive gift possible. Some people may not have a problem with this, but these kinds of moms stress me out.
Here was Myleene’s response. Also, she changed the names on the above email to protect their privacy, in case you were wondering — but I’m sure they all hate her now. I didn’t even know who she was before today, but she may be my new favorite person:
Some may see this as an asshole move. I don’t. I would seek her out and make her my friend. Because over-involved, controlling school-moms are the worst.
Last year, our preschool sent out a note saying the last Thursday of the session was “flower day” and kids were encouraged to bring one to their teachers. Cute! I already knew the one my child would choose — our neighbor has a Hibiscus tree that he loves. Minutes after that email went out, one of the school moms sent a follow-up to the entire class, saying she would be purchasing a “gorgeous bouquet” from a local florist and parents could contribute to the fund by sending her X dollars if they wanted their child’s name included on the card.
It may seem like no big deal, but these little passive-aggressive control-freak gestures are just pointless and annoying. I’m pro Myleene’s Instagram-shaming.