What Mamas Have to Say Monday

by Guest Author on September 24, 2012

It’s What Mamas Have to Say Monday! Each Monday, our panel of mommy bloggers weighs in on wacky questions that we – or you – think up. Have a question you want our panel to answer? e-mail it to us at info@mamasagainstdrama.com. We’ll notify you if your question is selected!

Here’s what mamas are saying today!

Question: What are gifts you NEVER want your kids to get?

Shannon Hembree

Porn. Definitely porn. My kids aren’t old enough yet? Well, just know I think that rule should apply forever. Oh right – you wanted an answer for right now…In that case, I would have to say candy gifts. It’s surprising how often we get these gifts. Now, I’m as much of a fan of a sugar rush as anyone (on some days, I might just say that I love cupcakes more than my kids), but good-N-E-S-S – please don’t give my children a gigantic bag of candy…or candy in the shape of a clown…I will only end up hiding it from them so I can dole it out in small portions in school lunches, etc., which really means that I will be tempted to eat it myself in a desperate moment. So again…for the record…no porn…and no candy.

*Shannon Hembree is the co-founder of Mamas Against Drama. You can follow her on Twitter @shannon1hembree.

Wendy Bradford

My kids need so little so any gift seems excessive to be honest. But I really don’t want them to get gifts that make noise or take up space. So basically get my kids hair accessories, okay? Thanks.

*Wendy writes truthfully about life in New York City with twins plus one at Mama One to Three. She includes many references to wine and coffee. Find her using bad judgment and even worse language on Twitter, @mamaonetothree, and Facebook.

Farrah Ritter

Gifts I never want the boys to receive are probably guns. I know, I know- it’s not guns that kill people- but you know, they’re my kids and if anyone is going to go around buying anyone guns it’s going to be me. Or most likely not me since I really am not all that crazy about them. My brother almost lost an eye due to a bebe gun incident- and I would just rather avoid the whole thing. At least until they become obsessed with them on their own and I am forced to deal with it then.

*Farrah finds sporadic moments to jot down her adventures at The Three Under. Her 3.5 year old and 21 month old twins are all boys. Someday she will own nice furniture again. Catch up with what she’s dealing with on Twitter as @momofthreeunder and Facebook.

Tracy Winslow

There’s a long list of things that I loathe when they arrive at my house, despite the lovely packaging and the good intentions of the giver. As my two year old seems to think that she needs to put everything that crosses her path into her mouth – any toys with small hazardous parts are currently the bane of my existence. And, seem to be in just about every toy we horde here. I also won’t let my kids play with Zhu Zhu pets after one wheel wrapped about a foot of my daughters beautiful curls into it’s death spin. We had to make a decision about whether to live with a small, annoying toy in her hair or cutting her locks. Lots of tears with either choice – but Zhu Zhu went to “live on a farm” after that incident. I also wanted to wring the neck of the relative who introduced clay to my girls. It. Does. Not. Come. Out. Of. Carpet. Even when you employ a Zhu Zhu pet to roll over it repeatedly to pull the carpet fibers into it’s hamster talons. And, things that talk in the middle of the night that scare the bejezesus out of me – tend to “live outside” and occasionally road trip to visit several Zhu Zhu’s.

*Tracy Winslow is one of the top four funniest people at her address. She lives with her husband and two daughters in California. You can read more of their hilarious antics at http://www.momaical.com and follow her @Momaical and http://www.facebook.com/momaicalblog

Laura Bedingfield Herakovich

Germs (stomach bug and flu, in particular). Keep those at your house, please. Likewise for Play-Doh, all variations. And let’s not forget to toss Sand-Art, Spin-Art and all non-washable art products in that pile of things my boys never need to receive (along with those sets of 10,000 tiny plastic round nubby-peg-thingies that you iron together if your child can manage to make a design out of them without pitching the mother of all temper tantrums in the process. Worst. Invention. Ever.) We’ll take a pass on all candy, too. Thank you for your support.

*Laura Bedingfield Herakovich is the mother of three rambunctious, yet adorable boys. You can read her personal blog at http://www.jtandtheob.com/

Brooke Bernard

My kids haven’t received any terrible gifts. I guess the one thing I wouldn’t want them to receive are character-themed items with characters our family feels are inappropriate. Think: SpongeBob Not-Really-for-Kids-Because-I’ll-Make-Them-Like-Obnoxious-Heathens-Pants and the like.

That’s all the mamas have to say this week. Check back next Monday for another wacky (and yet profound and insightful…) round of answers from the mamas!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica September 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

My cousin, Bless her heart. Bought my boys those cup games where you bounce the ping pong ball in it. Great teaching my kids beer pong before they even hit puberty. Awesome. Out it went immediately. My second choice is that cup stacker game. =bad gift!


Shannon September 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Ack — too funny!


Laura H. September 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

but hey now…being a master of bounce-pong means you DON’T [get to] drink beer. you get to tell others to drink beer. your boys will now blame you when they lose at that game. 🙂 (we had that same game at our house…for about a week. out it went.) Thanks for reading!!


Dani September 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

100% agree with Tracy as Zhu Zhu Pets being top of the list. A close second would have to be the Fijits that Santa ran all over town looking for last year. The volume control on those things are nonexistent. And I think third for me would be the Lego board games. My kids love Legos. I’m being overrun by Legos. But those board games are a waste. The kids take the pieces out and game is done. We have received three different ones and not one has ever been actually used as a board game.


Lynne Silver September 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I’m LoLing at the germs gift… I’d go with lice and vomit. stay away!

In terms of actual toys, my father in law goes to lots of conferences and comes back with all the con crap for my boys. Squeezy foam shapes, light up pens, weird frisbees etc… It’s like a constant goody bag of junky coming our way to clutter the playroom
But I can’t say anything because it’s his thing with his grandchildrn, and I don’t want to take that away. My boys adore the things of course.


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