Have you created a monster?

@ElicBxn (59635)
United States
April 24, 2009 9:22pm CST
All right, you parental units, I have a question. Have you ever done something and find it snowball? I'll give an example. My dad came back from a job interview and gave his daughter a stuffed giraffe. Did he have any idea that would start a life time of going to zoos so his daughter could see the "trees." So, did you ever do something in total innocence with your children, something as benign as buy him or her a stuffed animal, that seemed to snowball out of control and see the child grow up seemingly obsessed with the object (maybe a video game?)
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@Darkwing (21591)
25 Apr 09
Yes... you've put me in mind of when I was living in Germany. Christmas was approaching and I spotted this little Casper the Ghost doll. It hung on a sring and when you pulled the feet, allienating the body from the head, it spoke, as the body travelled back up the string to the head. I bought it for my eldest son for Christmas. It used to repeat these phrases... "Hi, I'm Casper", "I'm a Friendly Ghost", "Will you be my friend?", "Will you play with me?", "Let's play Ghosts!", "BOO, oooh, I scared myself". Well, I thought it was kinda cute, anyway! That toy was so loved, it was with my kids until they were grown, when it was passed to my young nephew. It had such an effect that my grandchildren are total Casper fans. They go to see every movie, have all the videos, and it's been passed on down the line. I don't know what ever happened to the doll; whether my nephew still has it now he's thirty, or whether he's passed it on to his nieces or nephews, but I will never forget picking up that Casper doll in the shop! lol. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
that sounds cute, my sister had a chatty cathy doll - even had little records you put in her side! but she had a stuffed doll that when she was a teen, my mom took to a doll hospital to be repaired - she still has it - like I have my giraffe
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@GardenGerty (82259)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Apr 09
I can just imagine a family tradition like that. You never know what toy will become a favorite. I had intentionally tried to start a Velveteen Rabbit passion among my nephews and nieces but it did not take. Even with the book plus a hand made bunny of tan velveteen.
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@winterose (39913)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
I grew up being too dependent on my grandmother so I taught my son to be independent but now he is so independent he will never listen to anything anyone else thinks and does his own thing
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• China
25 Apr 09
i think that anything goes to extremeness becomes not so lovely
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
this really isn't about dependency or independency, this is about a little, innocent thing that just became something more than ever expected - see response #5 about the sponge bob!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I didn 't, but my ex-boyfriend had an ADHD kid and he bought him a video game. About 100 videogames later. . .. "What did I get myself into?" Problem was, he was addicted to them, too.
@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
heck, I know lots of adults addicted to them
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Since I don't have any kids, I'll talk about MY parents. lol The answer is, OHHHHHH yes!! I loved Raggedy Ann and Andy so much that mom had bought everything that had them on it, bed sheets, blankets, bedspread, coat hanger, trash can, all the different sized dolls, floor rug, pictures galore and so much more! I had it all! lol My brothers got the same treatment but I don't remember what exactly they liked. I think one brother liked Winnie the pooh but I'm not sure on that.
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
but do you still like them? Because I still buy giraffe stuff.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Oh yeah! I sure do! My hubby thinks I'm silly about it but who cares? I enjoy them....
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
tell him to shove it! its your life, your likes, keep it goin'!
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@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Well I don't have kids so I'll give examples of my own life. Okay Number one: when I was five and a half years old as a Christmas present my mother got me my first kitty...uh...I don't think I need to tell you how that went...have had cats ever since. Number two: I used to watch my mother paint in oils when I was a kid. Curious I asked if I could paint in oils. To "amuse" me, she gave me one of her old canvas boards and some extra paints she wasn't using....I painted my first oil painted at the mere age of six....on and off have painted ever since all my life--thing is, I had "ruined" my mother being in the "spotlight" with her painting since I did my oil painting so young...don't think she ever forgave me that Probably others I could list, right now have brain fog....LOL
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
THATS what I'm TALKING about! Never painted with oils, but have painted with acrilics and watercolors. Got some ideas for using oil pastels that I just don't have time or space to proceed.
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@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I've used just about everything...acrylics (so much easier as it dries almost right away)--watercolors, worked with pastels (messy)
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@BarBaraPrz (14872)
• Hamilton, Ontario
25 Apr 09
Does feeding chocolate to an infant nephew who grows up to LOVE chocolate count?
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
i'm not sure about that, I can't really see collecting chocolate stuffies in there and besides, lots of folks love chocolate
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@berrys (866)
• Singapore
25 Apr 09
i bought a sponge bob for my son as it was his birthday, it was a big soft toy in the form of sponge bob as he likes the cartoon on Nickelodeon very much, and let me tell you he loves that thing! any store we pass by with a sponge bob shirt or stuffed toy or action figure even the slippers and boxers he would want. he was so obsessed with sponge bob that even his bedsheets and pillow cases are sponge bob. he even begged me to make the wall paper in his room sponge bob but i refused. he thinks im punishing him when all im trying to do is to make his room look less scary. the sponge bob eyes are everywhere i don't know how he can sleep at night with so many eyes in the form of sponge bob. oh speaking of which he sleeps with a night light and his night light is a sponge bob night light. thank god his pajamas are not sponge bob i will not allow that to happen he's gone sponge bob crazy. cheers mate.
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Now, if he grows up and wants sponge bob sheets when he's 50, you've really done it! I'll guess he might hide the whole sponge bob thing thru his teens, but I've actually meet some adults who like the thing, so he might keep it a deep secret for a time. I know a young man who was obsessed with that video game hedgehog, and still likes him.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
25 Apr 09
I think I may be creating a little monster! My seven year old daughter was picked on at school by one other kid and to help her deal with it I bought her a book about assertiveness training and building self esteem for her to work through. Well now, most things I say and do are followed by a comment,for example, "Now mummy you know you are responsible for your own feelings, it's not my fault" or "No point reacting with anger Mummy it is not a useful response..." It's driving me crazy! What's even more annoying is that all the quotes she's reeling off are absolutely correct!
@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
lets hope is a passing phase
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@GardenGerty (82259)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Apr 09
Someone may have done this to me, because I can remember being convinced at four years old that Santa could bring me an elephant. I would not take any logic like we did not have a place to keep it. I finally got a stuffed one for my birthday. Not even realistic. Mom bought it with her green stamps.
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
still like them, buy them if you see them and can afford them? I do that with giraffes
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@GardenGerty (82259)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Apr 09
I transferred my affection to giraffes due to a boyfriend, who became a husband. We had lot of them. My niece and my daughter both like giraffes now. I did butterflies for awhile, but I am not a collector anymore. Give me a houseplant, anyday. Of course that also comes from my mother and both grandmothers. My mom would "steal" cuttings from various places, including public gardens and stores.I know people who collect all kinds of angels. By the way, did you know that a giraffe is a horse designed by a committee?
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
12 Oct 09
actually, a camel is a horse designed by committee...
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I am not a parent so I realy can't comet on this one. but I would say that something like that could happen. I think when I was a young child my dad let me watch a afternoon movie on tv. The movie was the "The Time Machine" the 1960 version by Gorge Pal. He had told me that the movie was of the Science Fiction type and after I saw it, I think it started my life long intrest in sci-fi, hence my screen name here.
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
ya know, when I was a kid, I used to watch movies with my dad and brother, monster movies and sf, and never knew what they were (except I liked the sf ones better than the monster ones) until I started watching Star Trek (the orginal back in the 1960's.) That's what turned me on to SF!
• United States
25 Apr 09
ok cool!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
2 May 09
The number of times I've wanted to kick myself (or someone else) for doing exactly that is too many to count. The most recent example is a guest here who started playfighting with my toddler to keep him amused for ten minutes. Now I have a small child likely to karate chop you in the back of the knee when you're least expecting it. Fabulous - just what I need!
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
2 May 09
I didn't let anyone play rough with the Doctor, my cat, because he was so big as a kitten. I waited until he was over 2 before I played rough with him, and then he really didn't want to play rough.
25 Apr 09
Hi Elic, No, not me as I have no children, but I remember my dad brought a toy bike for my brother and he grow up liking bikes and from there it was cars and became a machinic. Tamara
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@ElicBxn (59635)
• United States
25 Apr 09
see, I don't have kids either, but I was one of the "monsters" created - glad to hear I'm not alone!
@mummymo (23709)
28 Apr 09
Books! Yep books, I have always loved to learn and loved to read and and so read to my children from they were in the womb and made sure from babies they had books all around - both are no obsessed with books, learning and asking questions of the same thing from 1,000 directions! lol Not a bad thing though! xxx
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