What These Children Need is a Good Spanking

ungrateful child

On the morning of December 25th, little children everywhere squealed with delight for the brightly colored packages tied up with strings. And children took to Twitter to express their gratitude, love, and genuine appreciation for their gifts.

“I’m not trying to be a brat but my mom didn’t get me one thing I asked for and she got me an iPad. I don’t need this thing #areyouthinking,” said @Shannskii420.

My parents are the worst mother [bleep-beep] parents in the world [bleep] you mom and dad for not getting me a Iphone. [bleep] you. FML. #Iphone,” said @SeanMcmaster1.

“My mum got me a really ugly 1D pillow how cringey is that – molly,” said @narry_is_perf.

“got a [bleep] TV I don’t even watch tv like really i wanted a [bleep-beep] iPad . but yet Jennifer gets a new laptop.! wtf [bleep] that!” said @Zooniggah014.

Woahh didn’t even get headphones with my iPad,” said @pratty109.

“Just cried for like 2 hrs straight cause I didn’t get a car. #stubborn,” said @vbellz_moriarty.

Christmas is a sacred religious celebration, or a time for family to gather together and rejoice for the moments spent with each other, or a moment to give and receive gifts illustrating our happiness with friendships and support; or a combination of these things.

But it’s the true lack-of-meaning of Christmas that gets me every year. Yes … spoiled children complaining about their Christmas gifts.  Perhaps these children are deleting their Twitter accounts as we speak, hopefully because they are mortified to know that numerous sites are pointing out their greed.

I wonder if their parents are aware of their public declarations. Can you just imagine? You’ve spent $300 to $600 on a gift for your child. And then you find out he or she mother [bleep-beep] you on Twitter, and now public websites are bashing your child’s greed.

I’d be humiliated and ashamed. I’d throw open my front door and scream, “I taught my daughter better than this. I swear – she knows better!” And I’d hope the websites and judging parents would hear me. I’d take away all of the iPads, and the iPhones, and the 1D pillows; and my daughter and I would send those gifts to children who didn’t find brightly colored packages tied up with strings on their Christmas mornings. And then I’d pay my daughter minimum wage and put her to work with chores around the house until she paid for those gifts we’d have just donated. And she’d be grounded – with no phone, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, nor Instagram – until the unwanted Christmas gifts were all paid for. 


At least I think that’s what I’d do. My daughter is only five years old, and she was pretty psyched about receiving Pepper the Dog from ol’ Ho Ho Ho. I even checked her Twitter page. She [bleep-beep] loved it.

What would you do if your child publically complained about Christmas gifts, like these children did? Comment below!

Note: The title of this blog contains the word “spanking.” This does not mean the author of this blog condones spanking as a means of teaching children anything reasonable or good. She was simply goading you, to get you to click. And it worked. God bless ye merry gentlemen, and have a happy New Year.

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What These Children Need is a Good Spanking

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Gina says:

    Did she really say her five year old has a twitter page?… seriously??

  2. nichole says:

    see, and thats how a child should be taught to feel and react to a present they didnt want, or to one they didnt get but really wanted. theres nothing wrong with being dissapointed, its how you react to that dissapointment that can make it wrong. ive been dissapointed over presents a lot before, but its the same thing, i was thankful they got me anything, and if i really didnt like it, it found its way, decreatly, to a nee home

  3. nichole says:

    if my kids ever acted like that, public or private, theyd soon find theyd have nothing at all except the basics the law demands i provide them with. kids should be taught, and then it needs to be reinforced, that this isnt right. my oldest decided to pout wyne because she didnt get a pillowpet and her younger sister did (she had one comming from another gparent, but hadnt seen them yet), and i explaned how inapropriate it was to act like that. and that while she didnt get one, she got a guitar. and asked her if she wanted me to just start telling everyone to buy her exactly what they bought her little sister because it wasnt fair when she got something the olderone wanted. i told her its alright to be dissapointed you didnt get something you want. its how people are. but its not ok to complane, cry, throw a fit, stop your feet, and say how unfair it is, sence there are kids who are lucky to get three things from the dollar store for christmas. i think it made her realize a few things, and shes a prity greatful kid. i hope she or my other never change into some spoiled rotten brat like some of these kids are.

  4. Jeanetta says:

    I’m 38 years old and I don’t have any of these items, never have and probably never will, this attitude is something I worry my daughter will have, I hope I can teach her not to be materialistic and to be grateful and appreciate what she does have.

  5. Danielle says:

    I grew up the same way. My mother always told us to play outside after school, breakfast, on weekends, etc. and we were only able to watch a minimal amount of TV before bed (not during breakfast, lunch, or dinner). While I see your point and I argue that kids need to play outside more often, that is only true if you live somewhere that has enough room and community involvement that allows children to run freely. We really live in a scary society where girl scout girls cant even go door to door by themselves any more for fear of predators. People are so consumed with their phones and IPods that they are raging down the roads without even looking for children. Kids are slowly losing their imagination due to the increase in technology; per say online gaming, gaming consoles, GameBoys (or whatever they call them these days), that they don’t want to leave their house to play outside. I am on the same boat as you. Just thought you should also consider the factors of society that are pushing children inside to turn to alternative ways of occupying themselves.

  6. Danielle says:

    Wow. I was getting a gut wrenching feeling as I continued to read the children’s comments about their gifts. My parents told me this past christmas about a time that I was disappointed in the gifts that I got. While I do not remember that specific christmas and saying what I did say, we were able to have a good laugh about it. What I have learned from hearing that, and reading these posts, and by doing all of the community service projects while growing up, I hope that I can instill in my daughter (whom is only one years old!) to be grateful for what she gets, whether it is clothing or toys or whatever she wanted if I can afford it. As I was wrapping her gifts I was able to reflect on the many years of giving to others and how I would go home feeling more blessed at what I had. I would like to start adopting a family or a child to show my daughter the "true" meaning of Christmas, which is giving a gift to someone to show your appreciation for their existence. Maybe than she will be able to appreciate the things that I give her.

  7. kimberley says:

    They are all effing brats. This is what society has done to these kids, all the commercials, advertisements, what they see on television and hear in music, it all effects our children today. Brats, THEY’RE UNGRATEFUL BRATS! (well maybe not ALL, but you know the ones I’m talking about)

  8. ashley says:

    thats whats wrong with the kids these days the dont get spanked people like callin dcf when i was a child i got whooped

  9. Adria says:

    It’s our fault why our children have become so spoiled. Why does a 10 year old need a iPhone or I pod? We try so hard to give our children the most lavish gifts that we forget what gift giving or Christmas is all about. I remember as kid I used to get excited about just receiving a gift didn’t care what it was. I believe we need to reach our children what Christmas is all about and that they need to be thankful for what they have. I know as parent if my daughter bashed me like that on twitter I would be so hurt and I would take the gifts away and give to those children who would appraciate it.

  10. Erin Deal says:

    I agree with the title. We need to discipline our children and teach them to work for what they have. I was taught the most valuable lesson as a child, to play outside. One year my older brother won a Nintendo 64 from a cereal box. About a week later it got locked away to never be seen again, my parents even bought us games for it one year for Christmas and we don’t even get to play them. To this day I don’t know where that gaming system went to and I really could care less. We rode our bikes, played in the dirt, ran around, played on the swing set. I grew up on a farm outside of town and we knew how to entertain ourselves. We didn’t even have to be told to go outside and play it was natural. We had our days when we broke the rules and other things (like windows, toys, ect) and we would get spanked, but I love chatting with people and telling them how my brother tossed my sister through the front window in the living room and how we sharpened sticks with the grinder in the garge and pretended we were Indians. I plan to teach my children to go outside to have fun and how to get dirty in the mud an shoot a gun. I’m 21 and just got my first smartphone and I am very grateful and happy to have it 🙂

  11. Deborah says:

    I remember one year, I was about 14 and 15 and got the second movie of the lord of the rings serise. I have never been a Lord of the Rings fan, I was a Harry Potter fan. That same Christmas, I got the first four books of Harry Potter. I didn’t show it, but I did cry. I felt like they didn’t know me at all. That is my aunt for me. Getting things just to get them. For some of these teens, I can kind of see where they are coming from. I used to be upset that I got nothing I ask for for Christmas. It wasn’t like I would ask for expensive things or a lot of things. I never ask for a computer or a car or even a cell phone. But it would still hurt when I would open the gifts and be like, "You thought of me?" I never showed it, however, I always say thank you and acted like this was the best thing every, just don’t be surprise if it turns up messing a few months later. There was always someone else out there who didn’t get Christmas present, who would end up with my presents.

  12. Sarah says:

    i would say spank them and take their stuff away. let their friends know that they have lost the privilege of using those items and that they won’t be able to use them for quite some time. Then take the "offending" items get the money back for them (if you can) and make them do chores around the house to pay for those items especially if you can’t get the money back. as for my own children i hope that i’m raising them to be grateful and not materialistic.

  13. Panda Mills says:

    My brother is 13 and under the impression that he should just be given gifts, no matter what, and not thankful for them in anyway. I am 25 and I have the money to buy his basically anything his heart desires. He got clothes for Christmas. Cheap clothes.

  14. I hope that I can teach my son to be grateful and not materialistic. I hope that he can see that "things" aren’t important, but that the thought and love behind it do. He hasn’t been born yet, but I worry all the time that he will be a selfish brat like this generation has become.

  15. tysie6000 says:

    I believe we have to be firm in punishment to our children. Don’t give them everything they want it’s called tough love.

  16. Sarah Murphy says:

    Wow is all I can say, but then again it is all part of what I like to call entitlement. Society breeds entitlement, that we are all entitled to luxuries and should not have to work them. We are bombarded with social media, commmercials etc yet don’t teach our kids about earning things and working hard from them, lack teaching gratefulness and respect. We enable this by not saying no and setting unrealistic expectation. The word "no" is a bad thing, we are afraid of teaching them about rejection and that not everyone gets what they want. I would’ve never dreamed of being that disrespectful to my parents who always tried hard to make Christmas good time, but it went beyond a present to being a family and enjoying hanging with each other, playing games, eating good food, and just being grateful for what I got, rather than throwing a tantrum for what I didn’t get. I was taught to work hard and had expectations of chores, good grades, and being involved in outside school activies. I dealt with rejection and hearing the word no. So come on give it a try! 🙂


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