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How Do I Say Thank You for this Idiotic, Non-Useful Christmas Gift?

post #1 of 85
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Although I normally complain about MIL and her gifts, this is not from her. It is from DH's grandmother who I adore. How am I going to thank her for something that is so wasteful and that we will not use (we don't really "do" time-outs, and if we do, we certainly wouldn't use this stupid bear).

Ugh. I hate this. This is a perfect example of having to say thank you for something you can't stand (and even find offensive). What do I say?

The practical side of me is coming out, too. What we could do w/ the $18 it cost her!!! Grrrrr!!! :
post #2 of 85
Ewww that's awful ! I wouldn't know what to say to that :
post #3 of 85
Dear Grandmother,

Thank you very much for the thoughtful gift. Although we don't advocate punitive time-outs for our child, the 60 minute timer will sure come in handy for reminding me when a loaf of bread is done or when I need to baste my roast.

With love,

Karina


(sorry, I edited to correct your name!!)
post #4 of 85
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Originally Posted by captain crunchy View Post
Dear Grandmother,

Thank you very much for the thoughtful gift. Although we don't advocate punitive time-outs for our child, the 60 minute timer will sure come in handy for reminding me when a loaf of bread is done or when I need to baste my roast.

With love,

Katrina


It's karina, but I just have to say CaptainC, you crack me up. You have had some good advice about some of my "gift vents" the last couple days. thanks!
post #5 of 85
The craziest thing is the SIXTY MINUTE timer.

OMG that's the longest time out EVER!!! Who puts their kids in time out for so long that they would need a 60 min timer?

Oh, and if the kid is sitting there staring at this, how long do you think would pass before they realized that they could just move the timer closer to 0?
post #6 of 85
When you figure it out let me know, I have need of such info
post #7 of 85
eh, I'd honestly take it as an attempt (all be it a failed one) to support your parenting practices.

Great-grandma is coming from a period where pretty much everyone spanked their children without question. A "timeout bear" looks like progress to me.
post #8 of 85
Oh good grief! That is...yikes! I think I'd just say "thank you so much for thinking of us" and then eBay it, see if you can get a couple bucks for it.
post #9 of 85
could you use it to make up a silly game to play with the lo instead of what it's marketed for?

Sheal
post #10 of 85
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Originally Posted by captain crunchy View Post
Dear Grandmother,

Thank you very much for the thoughtful gift. Although we don't advocate punitive time-outs for our child, the 60 minute timer will sure come in handy for reminding me when a loaf of bread is done or when I need to baste my roast.

With love,

Katrina


OR

Dear Grandmother,

Thank you very much for the thoughtful gift. Although we don't advocate punitive time-outs for our child, the teddy bear is a lovely toy and the 60 minute timer will sure come in handy when she goes off to college and needs to know when her eggs are done.

With love,
post #11 of 85
Why is it a 60 minute timer? I thought the recommendation was 1 minute per year of age...so is Grandma going to be going into time out?
post #12 of 85
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Originally Posted by Petersmamma View Post
The craziest thing is the SIXTY MINUTE timer.

OMG that's the longest time out EVER!!! Who puts their kids in time out for so long that they would need a 60 min timer?

Oh, and if the kid is sitting there staring at this, how long do you think would pass before they realized that they could just move the timer closer to 0?
Good lord! I read it sooooo wrong. Here I thought it was a 60 SECOND timer!!! :

LP
post #13 of 85
Can I take the bear to bed and give myself a 60 min time-out?



In all seriousness, I would write a simple Thank you for thinking of us. We really apreciate receiving a gift from you.
Then you don't even have to say thank you for the gift you hate. You just appreciate the thought.
post #14 of 85
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Originally Posted by Petersmamma View Post
The craziest thing is the SIXTY MINUTE timer.

OMG that's the longest time out EVER!!! Who puts their kids in time out for so long that they would need a 60 min timer?

Oh, and if the kid is sitting there staring at this, how long do you think would pass before they realized that they could just move the timer closer to 0?


YES!! All of this crossed my mind, too!!! 60 *MINUTES!!*
post #15 of 85
I'm sorry, but that bear makes me laugh and laugh for some reason. It's so... ridiculous. If I had to be in time out, a time-out bear would p!ss me off more than comfort me.

I like the letter Captain Crunchy suggested. That's great.
post #16 of 85
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Originally Posted by JustJamie View Post
Why is it a 60 minute timer? I thought the recommendation was 1 minute per year of age...so is Grandma going to be going into time out?



post #17 of 85
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Originally Posted by JustJamie View Post
Why is it a 60 minute timer? I thought the recommendation was 1 minute per year of age...so is Grandma going to be going into time out?
sounds like that would be a good idea
post #18 of 85
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Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
eh, I'd honestly take it as an attempt (all be it a failed one) to support your parenting practices.

Great-grandma is coming from a period where pretty much everyone spanked their children without question. A "timeout bear" looks like progress to me.


Yes, I realize her heart was in the right place w/ this. This is the same lady that was having a fit that he didn't have rice cereal in his bottle to "help him sleep through the night."

I have to keep in mind her generation.
post #19 of 85
I'm so glad I have the kind of relationship with my MIL I can laugh at her and say, "What were you thinking?"
post #20 of 85
Or

Dear Grandma
Thanks so much for the time out bear. It'll be perfect for the next time the kids are misbehaving and I need to put myself in time out so I can make sure to keep my temper in check. I think an hour is a reasonable amount of time for me.

Love,
Karina
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