Originally Posted by PrennaMama
I was about to ask what the bottom line was, and you answered it. If you don't take issue with the Hummer gift philosophically, and it's just a safety/space issue, as far as your place is concerned, then leaving it g'ma's seems the best option. If it's a moral thing, that is, it doesn't sit with your values, then say something, so she knows not to get this manner of toy in the future.
Re; the paddle and naughty-bench...omg. That you could be cool as a cucumber is a reflection of what an evolved person you are... wow. Did you have a ritual burning of the paddle and bench, later?
I do take issue with Hummers, but honestly I wouldn't care if it said Prius on it. It's not safe for a 2yr old IMO, and we don't have the space. Not to mention, I am actively trying to reduce the amount of plastic that moves through our lives. I'm not a purist. I didn't say anything about the gigantic plastic pirate ship/toybox they bought him that now resides in ds' bedroom.
Dh pulled the TIME OUT letters of the bench, painted it, and now it sits on the patio for ds. I don't know where the paddle went, but for a while ds used it to hit balloons around.
I don't think they do it on purpose to bug me, but they do also know I don't like it. When they told me about it, stepFIL started the conversation laughing and saying "You're really going to hate us for this -- guess what we got him?"
I am going to have an honest, gentle, conversation with MIL and explain my concerns and why it should stay at their house. I won't even bring up the Hummer issue because they already think I'm
: Or as she puts is "we know how you are".
If they insist on bringing it here, then I will insist that battery be removed before it arrives so ds does not see it move. Once he sees that it moves, it's all over. They are excited to see him drive it, so I think that will settle the problem.
Regardless of my feelings, I try real hard not to deprive them of having fun with my child. But the size of this makes it a little exceptional. I usually try to keep the peace.