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I think your husband is right. While we don't always agree with our MIL's, the big picture is the relationship they share with our child(ren). And while you may not think it is right to spend that kind of money one a child's birthday, YOU didn't buy it. Your MIL did.
I was afraid somebody would say that, I was hoping people would agree with me But I do see your point. Dh and his three siblings each had one of those things so I think it has fond memories for her or something.
MIL will not go for keeping it at her place and quite frankly I really don't want it there. As far as dd knows, powerwheels are only for sitting in, not driving. I'll let her drive it at some point, but right now she has a hard enough time walking without tripping.
While I would NEVER sabatoge dd's toys, especially one that I'm sure she'll love, I can't help but hope the battery will give out or something. Knowing MIL though, she'd just go and buy another one. However, I am putting my foot down at ONE powerwheels at a time. When dd2 turns 3 I'm sure she'll want to buy one for as well, but I'm not giving in on that one.
As much as I will HATE this toy, I have calmed down quite a bit since she informed us. I can only hope it's fun will fade like other light up noisy battery toys - do kids actually like these things and play with them a lot or not? I do remembering begging my parents for one as a kid, but I don't know that it would have held my attention for more than a summer.
I also just found a way to turn MIL's materialistic show off ways to work for me. I told her we were going to get dd1 the FP camera since she never sets mine down when I let her play with it. (While I would have like to get it for her, we just won't have the $ this year) She just emailed to ask what brand it was and where she could get it. So, even though it annoys the bejeebes out of me that she *knew* we were planning on buying it, I've learned to keep my mouth shut on and I can't help but show a sly grin in that it worked to my advantage this time.
Candace, Married to dh , Mom to ds (8) , Gavin (9/30/10 - 12/19/10) and cautiously expecting our 4-29-12
Now I feel like I live under a rock -what is a powerwheel? LOL Do you sit in it and drive it? Or is a remote control thingy?
My son for his SECOND birthday just got this thing you sit on that you push a button and "drive". So not safe, no room in our house, no place to even ride it...and MIL didn't tell us in advance what she was getting. When it arrived on our doorstep (she lives far away) I refused to let the kids open it until Dad got home. I was appalled at the thing but thought maybe I was just being a stick in the mud and DH would think it was cool. When he got home he was floored that his mom thought this was an appropriate gift. But he took the same approach. "Let's not rock the boat."
Well we ended up letting DS open it and sit on it. He was terrified of it when you push the button. So big sister spent 20 minutes driving it back and forth on our little patio. Now she refuses to get on it (no fun). DS has discovered it now and occassionally will ride it in one direction on the patio (can't figure out how to turn it around). Anyway, it's not a toy they are particularly attached to. Now the DINOSAURS he got from his other grandma - well he's slept with them every night since he got them. LOL And he's actually more interested in his sisters regular old scooter right now...
I don't know if this is a powerwheels (with a Batman motif - not that they know who Batman even is! LOL) but I guess it depends on how it's sold to them...if everyone gets all exicted about it and makes a big space (like on the ROAD) for them to ride it, then they might get attached. If you act kind of like "oh a ride on thing" and restrict them to the yard, then they will probably lose interest pretty quick...hee, hee, hee.....
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