Haley Hassell took to Facebook to explain how she handled the infuriating situation calmly, but effectively.
Florida mom Haley Hassell went viral after posting a “long mom rant” on Facebook after being faced with a situation where many parents are clueless about what to do when their children are acting selfishly or being ungrateful?
Haley Hassell presented her daughter with a brand new pencil case that she only found after visiting three different stores. However, her 6-year-old threw a tantrum because she no longer wanted it. While Hassell tried to remain calm, she lost her cool when she discovered the LOL pencil case thrown in the trash. Afterward, the shocked mother decided to use this as a teaching moment, turning to social media to explain how she controlled her anger and taught her daughter a valuable lesson.
Uploading photos of her daughter crying and the pencil case lying in the trash bin, Hassell wrote, “Mrs. Presley [her daughter] learned a tough-love lesson today. To get that LOL pencil box you see in the trash there, I went to three different stores. After I surprised her with it this afternoon (just knowing she would be shocked), she stared at it, threw it in the trash, and slammed the door on her bedroom. That’s stupid, everyone in my class has that… I don’t want it any more’’’ WHAT, STOP, COME AGAᎥN?” wrote the mom, who was understandably furᎥous wᎥth her daughter’s attᎥtude towards a lovᎥng gᎥft. Despite her anger, Hassell felt disappointed because she hadn’t taught her daughter to be ungrateful.
“Okay. By now, smoke was probably coming out of my ears and I was trying desperately not to lose it on this kid who I have worked so hard to financially support and make sure she has everything she needs and then some. I thought I taught her gratitude and how lucky she was, but apparently, sis needed a little wake-up call! So before I completely lose it with my child, I check myself and say, “Okay, that’s fine, let me go get the one you’re going to use,” said Hassell, who devised an ingenious way to teach her a lesson in gratitude.
“I brought her a new pencil box, which is the Ziploc bag [pictured]. She was in a tizzy! Suddenly, the LOL box she just trashed was good enough, and the Ziploc bag was terrible… But it’s too late now. I told her to get the LOL box out of the trash, and we would find a child to give it to tomorrow. Someone whose parents don’t have money for school supplies or someone who may not even have a parent. In my opinion, she is taking for granted how lucky she is and doesn’t deserve anything special. So, for now, she will use a Ziploc bag and will personally deliver the nice box to a child that could benefit from it. I overreact sometimes, but I would have done anything to have all the things she does as a child. “Changing your perception and being grateful can turn around any situation in life,” she said in speaking of her parenting techniques.
Though the incident was a great example of good parenting, many did not approve of the way she blasted her own daughter on the internet. “I got personal messages saying I was a monster mother. They were saying I was a bad parent and bad parents raise bad children. When I wrote it, I was just ranting. I didn’t realize people would share it. It was said I was publicly shaming my daughter, which I don’t agree with,” she explained during an interview with Good Morning America. Hassell is glad her daughter understood the situation and learned an important lesson. Even after mailing the pencil case and other school supplies to a 5-year-old girl in another state, she gained “perspective.” “A positive outlook can make or break your life – I want her to know that,” she said.” “Nothing is going to be easy, but when something is given to you, you should be grateful.