For the sake of the child, I hope this is fake: that One Direction Ebay post

This got retweeted into my timeline earlier tonight.:

‘Woman sells daughters One Direction tickets in eBay’. The description on this item made my day”

I am totally nosey so I opened it thinking it would be something completely hilarious. Instead what was written was this:*  

THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 ONE DIRECTION TICKETS IN SYDNEY OCTOBER 25th. You can thank my daughters self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing. I hope the scowl on your bitchy little friends faces when you tell them that your dad and i revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone. And your silly little pack mentality of taking your parents for fools is one sadly mistaken. Anyhow. Your loss someone else’s gain who deserves them! THE TICKETS ARE SEATED … . REMEMBER AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 TICKETS and will be sent registered post

…OH YOUR FRIENDS THOUGHT THAT A FEW PRANKS CALLS WOULD PUT ME OFF SELLING THE GIFT WE BOUGHT FOR THEM for YOUR BIRTHDAY because YOU all LIED to us about sleep overs so you could hang like little trollops at an older guys HOUSE????? Pffft!! I find it HIGHLY amusing that you girls think you invented this stuff. Tricks like this on OUR parents is how HALF of you were conceived …..And why a lot of your friends DONT have an address to send that Fathers day card to!!! I’m not your friend. I’m your MOTHER. And I am here to give you the boundaries that YOU NEED to become a functional responsible adult. You may hate me now….. But I don’t care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child

I can’t believe this is real. I can’t believe any parent would write this about their child on a public website. Punishing a child for misbehaviour by selling their birthday present isn’t acceptable parenting. As much as they anger and frustrate you, selling a birthday present isn’t a punishment. It’s vindictive.

The language in the text is just horrifying. Calling a group of teenage girls “bitchy” and “trollops” is disgusting. Clearly, the behaviour of the girls was inappropriate but this isn’t how to parent a teenager. They push boundaries. They test you. And, sometimes, they make you want to move to cave in the middle of nowhere. But, the above. That isn’t parenting. 

It’s abusive, vindictive and malicious.

It doesn’t matter what your children do. You never, ever speak to your child like this in private.

And, you never, ever publicly humiliate your children in this manner. 

I hope this is fake but it’s probably real. I know people who were parented like this. I’ve met people who parent like this. People babble on and on about how horrible teenagers are: well this is the reason. You treat a child like they are worthless and then wonder why they misbehave? 

Even if this is a hoax, I have seen lots of positive statements about what great parenting this is. I can’t decide what I think is worse: that this is real or that people actually believe this is a good way to parent a child.

*when I opened the link, there was no other identifying information. I haven’t included the link in case it is possible to identify the child. 

2 thoughts on “For the sake of the child, I hope this is fake: that One Direction Ebay post”

  1. Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought this was OTT. I am not so worried about the withdrawing of birthday present as a punishment but the public humiliation whilst using such language to describe young girls is just conducive to a healthy relationship with your child.

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