A dad returned all of his children’s Christmas gifts after they horribly misbehaved.
He went on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” (AITA) forum to explain the extreme punishment. His five children continued to shirk their responsibilities and disrespect their nanny to the extent that she quit. After several warnings, the father canceled Christmas for the family.
“AITA for taking away my children’s Christmas after they caused our nanny to quit?” the dad wrote. “My wife and I have five children and a live-in nanny that’s been with us for about eight months. She’s one of the hardest working women I know. We’ve never had a nanny, but my wife and I have tried our hardest to make her feel like she’s part of our family. Our children are decently behaved with the exception of an occasional outburst/tantrum and stupid kid things. We pride ourselves on the ‘talk-it-out’ method rather than taking things from them or punishing them in other ways, which seems to work fine.”
But when the children’s behavior suddenly changed for the worst, the father felt there had to be consequences.
“I started getting daily reports back from the nanny that our kids were behaving a little more whiny and demanding than usual,” he explained. “Our oldest two have been particularly demanding, requesting things from our nanny without a please or thank you and talking to her like they would their friends. Our younger two have been refusing to clean up after themselves and treat our nanny like a maid. […] I let them know that we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas if they kept disrespecting our nanny.”
But the father’s threat didn’t work.
“They decided earlier this week to have one of the worst days I’d ever witnessed,” the father said. “I came home to a wreck. All of my kids were seated on the couch in silence. They’d disrespected, verbally attacked and refused to do things for our nanny all day long and she finally had enough. She felt like she wasn’t being heard and the kids’ attitude towards her was more than she could handle so she quit as soon as I got home.”
The Reddit commentariat thought the father was doing what was right.
“Actions have consequences,” a user wrote.
“Kudos to you for trying to instill discipline in your kids,” another said.
“They have to learn somehow,” someone wrote.
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