Post # 1
My friend just called to tell me about something she is going through. She has a 12 year old daughter and a 14 year old dog. She adores this dog and treats him like another kid (she also has twin 8 year old sons). Anyway, because she has “raised” this dog from puppyhood, she is incredibly attached to him and would do anything for him.
So, the dog is sick. The vet says they can treat him but it will cost a lot of money (thousands, not hundreds). She is devestated and never considered not saving the dog. Her daughter heard about what was going on of course and made it a point to say to her mom, “You’re wasting money on a dog and it better not impact me going to camp this summer.”
No one mentioned that she wouldn’t get to go to camp, and quite honestly, my friend is pretty rich. It would not have been a problem for her at all. Her daughter’s reaction, and subsequent comments about how household money should be spent, how the dog should die rather than impact her summer, etc., my friend told her daughter that she won’t be going anywhere.
The daughter is livid, but my friend wants to teach her a lesson about caring for other living things and not being so damn selfish (this kid is terrible – the 8 year olds are fine, but I don’t know what happened to this one). Anyway, my friend thinks her kid is being a little bitch and has now cancelled her very expensive, month long, sleep away camp.
Post # 3
Sounds like the daughter is spoiled. Probably a product of the wealth.
Post # 4
@MrsPanda99: Um, good for your friend! Having had dogs all my life, I can’t believe the daughter would act like that.
Post # 5
@MrsPanda99: good for mom. I hope this made her wake up to her spoiled brat of a daughter. She needs to change things FAST because at 12, she’s only got a short amount of time before she’s beyond repair
Post # 6
She sounds spoiled. Since at 12 years old she’s so interested in how the household money should be spent, maybe she should be asked to work and earn her vacation money.
Post # 7
Ha! 12-year-old girls are terrorists, and she will likely continue to be a terrorist until at LEAST 16 or 17. I think the only “right” parenting choices at that age are the ones that keep you all alive, out of jail, and non-pregnant. I’m pregnant with a girl and I’m seriously writing myself a letter now (while I’m sane) to remind myself that ALL TEENAGE GIRLS ARE MONSTERS. I will read the letter whenever I feel like driving a stake through my daughter’s heart, and hopefully it will help.
Sounds like your friend is making the right choice to teach the kid a lesson! Not that it will work — 12 year old terrorists don’t think logically 😛
Post # 8
Your friend did the right thing by canceling the camping trip. Hopefully this will be a valuable lesson for the daughter.
Post # 9
I adored my dog when I was 12. What is wrong with this kid that she’s so caught up on such a thing? I’m glad she’s not going.
Post # 10
@MrsPanda99: Think 12 year old is being practical. It is a 14 year old dog. That’s pretty old for a dog. Chances are a 14 year old dog will be prepetually sick.
I don’t know if kid is spoiled or not, but I agree with her.
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: Good for your friend! Wow, that girls needs to learn a lesson about respecting her mother’s feelings.
Post # 12
@iarebridezilla: pffft, 16 or 17? I am pretty sure I was horrible until I was 19.
Post # 13
I agree that the daughter is super spoiled and selfish, but it would be great if we could all say that instead of using gender-based insults.
Post # 14
Good on your friend! her daughter’s behavior won’t change without consequences. I would have done the exact same thing. It’s not up to her how her MOM’S money is spent unless the parent isnt taking care of the household things.
Post # 15
This is hilarious to me. My parents are very well off and I’m probably more than a little spoiled but if I ever dreamed of telling them how they’d “better” spend or not spend their money…screw camp, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have had a place to live…or food to eat…or clothes on my back lol. Good for your friend for recognizing that something’s off about her kid’s perception of her role in the household and trying to correct it while she’d still a child.
Post # 16
@MrsPanda99: Good for the mom! It is in no way, form or fashion a *12 year olds* place to make commentary to her parents on how they spend their money.