Does it seem like everywhere you go these days, people want to give your kids something? From the bank to the grocery store, it seems someone is handing my kids something every time I turn around.
Oh, I know it's all well-intended, and much better than them being rude to my kids or even banning them altogether, it's just that ... I HATE all of this crap. It winds up left in my minivan, washed through my washer, or piled up somewhere in their bedrooms long after those first fleeting seconds of joy it brought.
I don't mean to be ungrateful. And yes, I could just decline their kindness, but that's easier said than done when the offer is made right in front of a toddler. Here are seven of the frequent freebies we get and why they irritate me so.
- Stickers: Oh how I loathe those tempting little sticky shapes. Because besides all over our car's interior and the furniture, the only other place my kids stick them is on their clothing. Said clothing then goes through the washer and dryer, and I'm left with a mess.
- Lollipops: Sticky messes on sticks. They get stuck in hair, to car seats, and anywhere else you can imagine.
- Balloons: So bright, so cheery, so great for bopping your brother over the head and spilling drinks in restaurants in the process. Or, if they manage to behave themselves with them IN whatever establishment they were given, there's a good chance (better than 50/50) that they will be lost to the wind in the parking lot. Then there will be tears and promises of balloons the next time. Don't even get me started on the dangers of balloons to boot!
- Goodies Bags: We didn't have them when I was a kid, and we don't need them now that I have to pick up after my kids and am constantly tripping over little plastic knickknacks that came in these party must-haves. HATE them.
- Cookies: I would like to personally blast whoever came up with the idea that bakeries in grocery stores nationwide should give kids cookies just for the asking. Just what they need -- more sugar.
- Advice: This comes in the form of "Honey, tell your mommy to make sure she gets that hair out of your eyes" or "Tell mommy the doctor really should hear that cough." It doesn't make it any less rude when you tell me what to do through my kid.
- Tattoos: Cute in theory ... until you try and get them off. Once they start peeling off halfway, they start to resemble some strange skin condition.
What free things do people give your kids?