Father’s Day Faux Pas

June 17th, 2012 · 48 comments

Based on the dots between the words (a technique picked up at Montessori School), Lauren in Vancouver estimates she was about six years old when she wrote this note (translation below):

Dad, I am angry because you throwed away your father’s day present. If I catch you doing it again, I will hit you hard. Signed, Lauren.

Dad, I am angry because you throwed away your father's day present. If I catch you doing it again, I will hit you hard. Signed, Lauren.

In her father’s defense, “The gift in question was a giant, brightly-coloured fish made out of paper and stuffed with newsprint,” Lauren says. “I remember finding the ‘present’ in the garbage and putting it back on my father’s desk, which is probably where the threat came in.”

And then, of course, there’s the troll dad approach…

Troll dad does it right

related: An honest Father’s Day card

extra credit: Dads on Vacation [tumblr]

FILED UNDER: Father-daughter notes · kids · Moms & Dads · not-so-veiled threats


48 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Nunavut Guy

    Poor Wanda!

    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   dad

    team kid. Throw it away if you must, but at least throw it away at work or something.

    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm   rating: 63  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   21skulls

    I can’t help but feel that the dad is taking his daughter for granted. Giant paper fish are a pain in the ass to make (I’d imagine).

    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Polly

    Lauren sounds like a kid with a healthy self-confidence. Had this happened to me at that age I’d have been crushed, not angry.

    “Dade” couldn’t at least have hung the paper fish from the ceiling for a few weeks? Then told Lauren he was taking it to work to display there because he was so proud of his gift? Jeesh!

    Jun 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Roto13

    I would never be able to throw away a paper fish from my six year old daughter. I’d pretty much have to treasure it forever. And I’d be happy to do it.

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Ruth

      Have you been on Hoarders yet? ;) You can’t keep everything. If you kept the paper fish in pride of place, she’d be over the moon, and then craft you a whole marine ecosystem for it. Then what would you do?

      Leaving it where she could find it was bad form, though!

      Jun 19, 2012 at 11:04 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Chinchillazilla

    Wow. What kind of jerk is her dad? I don’t care if it was uglier than an angler fish and it gave him nightmares. You have to keep that.

    Jun 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm   rating: 39  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Jill

      “uglier than an angler fish and it gave him nightmares. ”

      I kinda want to see THAT fish!

      Jun 18, 2012 at 7:47 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   AuntyBron

    TeamKid. Dad shoulda packed it away as a memento.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:13 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   trcunning

    DADE = “daddY” not dad,
    like how AGRE = “angry”.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 2:16 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Poltergeist

    [@Poltergeist] /slap
    *Poltergeist slaps Lauren’s_Dad around a bit with a large trout
    [+Lauren] YAY!
    [Lauren's_Dad] wtf eh?
    *Lauren’s_Dad has been been kicked off channel #ConsiderateFathers by Poltergeist (D-bag)

    IRC. Look it up.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 2:27 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   The Elf

    That’s Montessori for ya.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 6:47 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   theo

    TeamDad for me I’m afraid, but he’s a bit of an idiot.

    I’m pretty sure he’d hung the fish/acted impressed/probably even BEEN impressed, to the required degree.

    ‘Taking it to work’ would have been the acceptable way to ‘retire’ the present, but depending what bin he disposed of it in, he might have justifiably expected his daughter to never see it.

    The alternative would be for parents to keep hold of every single little thing their children produce until they’re adults. That’s the situation at home, and I’m now being presented with a loft full of glitter and macaroni covered crap, that I made as a toddler.

    I don’t have enough room in my own bins…

    Jun 18, 2012 at 6:50 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   L

      But it was a Father’s Day gift…

      Jun 19, 2012 at 10:02 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   The Elf

      So he praises her for it and keeps it around until Independence Day, when it gets (quietly) thrown out.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   havingfitz

    Team kid. I remember I once carefully sewed my father a wallet…out of kleenex. When he told me he’d never want to keep money in it, I was crushed. I’d worked on it most of the day. While I now completely agree with him that a kleenex wallet isn’t very practical, a kid just sees a labor of love being rejected.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 6:56 am   rating: 46  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   mannionited

    Terrible spelling for a six-year-old.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 7:06 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   kermit

      That’s what you get for sending a kid to Montessori.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 8:43 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   The Elf

      “We teach by teaching, not by correcting.”

      But since Montessori education usually only covers pre-school and early elementary education, correcting becomes someone else’s problem.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 10:58 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   rushgirl2112

      Do you actually HAVE any children?

      Many 6-year-olds are still in kindergarten. When I was growing up, most kids didn’t even learn to READ until first grade (age 6 or 7), much less be able to write anything legibly.

      My daughter, who is gifted and loves to read and write, could not write much better than that at age 6, and they’re teaching kids earlier these days too. She still misspells some words now, at age 8.

      I don’t think you people are being very realistic about what children that age are capable of.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   mannionited

      In the UK, all six-year-olds have been at primary (for American English, read ‘elementary’) school since the age of four. If you can’t construct a basic sentence at the age of six you’re considered a bit slow.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 8:01 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   Ruth

      Yes, it’s like that here in the UK, but it’s unusual, globally (let alone historically). I’m fairly sure Scandinavian kids don’t even go to school until they’re 6 or 7, let alone read or write, but it all evens out in the end. I was reading and writing at 3, in school at 4 and on balance I don’t want that for my children.

      Her writing is like mine when I was first learning (not with the dots between words though), and if she’s only starting to learn, too, it’s fine, isn’t it? And obviously she’s fully literate now.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 11:00 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.6   Poltergeist

      English is a stupid language anyway when it comes to grammar and spelling, but especially spelling. We have words that sound the same but are spelled differently, words that are spelled differently but sound the same, and use letters in seemingly illogical ways. We’ve created a language for ourselves that’s unnecessarily difficult, even though language is meant to make communication easier. Try explaining to a 6 year old why “through” or “tough” or “phone” are spelled the way they are without feeling like you’re bullshitting them. “That’s just the way it is” is the only explanation, and I don’t blame the kids when they give me a strange look afterward and insist on getting a second opinion.

      tl;dr – 6 year olds have it right and we should listen to them! Rant over!

      Jun 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.7   Anon

      Someone on here always has to judge…let’s hope your own kids don’t get chewed out by the age of 6.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.8   Katy

      For “UK” read “England.” In Scotland most kids start school at the age of 5.

      Just thought I’d throw that into the mix.

      I’m a teacher and I don’t think it’s terrible for a 6 year old given the note is “independent writing” where the focus is more on the content than the spelling.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.9   Harbinger

      I agree with Poltergeist. I’m trying to teach my seven year old about spelling. Try “tough” “through” and “bough” and then try telling a kid you’re not bullshitting them.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.10   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      At the very least, a properly-taught six-year-old doesn’t put stupid fucking dots between each word. There is absolutely no good reason for a child to have picked up such a ridiculous habit.

      Jun 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Lil'

    Once a month, the school sends home my son’s artwork. There’s no way I can keep all of it. I keep my personal favorites on a cork board and file cabinet in my office. The rest I pass on to the grandmothers and aunts, sometimes as a part of my son’s Christmas or Mother’s Day gifts to them. Thankfully, I come from a long line of sentimental moms.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 8:07 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   kermit

      To be fair, this doesn’t sound like one of a million arts/craft things teachers assign to keep the class busy and avoid teaching.

      I’m assuming the kid made it on her own time to show her appreciation for her dad. If for no other reason, I would think it’s worth keeping just for that.

      Besides, even if you only keep one thing per year, you have a maximum of what, like ten things taking up space in your house? Come on, that’s not even close to hoarder territory.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 10:04 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Lil'

      Good point, Kermit. I certainly don’t mean to minimize this little girl’s efforts. I’m a mom with two memory boxes filled to capacity with things like seashells from our first trip to the beach, the first flower he picked for me… you name it. And I certainly would hang on to every Mother’s Day craft. I just think things can build up easily, and moms are just by nature more sentimental than dads. There are always exceptions, though. While some dads do keep track of which craft their kids made for Fathers Day vs. which craft they made because it was something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon, maybe he lost track. If so, I’m guessing he did much better from there on.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 10:36 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   makfan bang

      I think you have the right idea. From time to time you have to prune out older things to be replaced by new favorites. I think kids can understand, and perhaps as they get older they even be involved in the decision of what to prune to make room for the new. Sending a few things to grandparents and aunts/uncles is a great idea.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   El Jefe

    WTF is “picked yo”? Edit please!

    Jun 18, 2012 at 9:59 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   The Elf

      The technique was picked at Montessori, yo.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:03 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Nahhh bang

      Top row, keyboard: y-o is 1 key to the left of u-p. :)

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:40 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   Pit Pat

      Dude, bounce!!!

      Jun 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   El Jefe

      I will, Pit Pat, as soon as you give me my Red Balloon!

      Jun 19, 2012 at 12:54 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   C.C. Waterback

    Totally Team Kid on this one. Parents absolutely don’t have to keep every little thing their kid makes, but throwing it away where the kid can find it in the trash is a dick move.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   meri

      or a ‘brightly colourful’ Moby Dick…

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Sarah

    Yep, team kid. It should have cluttered the place up for a month or so before being relocated to the bin.

    On another note, as this kid is no longer six I feel comfortable saying I’d be very worried about those writing skills if they belonged to my six year old child!

    Jun 19, 2012 at 3:41 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   davey

    Team Dad, but he should have disposed of it more thoughtfully. It’s kind of like disposing of notes from your girlfriend – you don’t really want your wife finding them.

    Also, the kid should have cut the fish’s head off and put it in dads bed. If she did that, you can bet there’d be an attic full of meticulously saved junk by now.

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:07 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Lisa S.

    My kids each have a “scrapbooking archive” box. It’s a three inch thick box made of acid-free materials, and with it they get to keep their own collection of school work. When it gets full, they are responsible to pare down the collection. They are remarkably good at keeping a good variety of stuff.

    Big bulky stuff get displayed for awhile, then I ask the kids if it’s something that’s important to keep. When they say yes, they end up playing with it and trashing it anyway.

    Jun 19, 2012 at 8:35 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   niki

    Kids not reading until 6? That’s a damned tragedy, not an excuse to be made.

    Jun 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   girl_with_all_the_yarn

    Team kid. My dad still has the macaroni tie I made him for Father’s Day when I was four. Of course, the only other art thing he kept of mine was a coffee mug I threw in high school pottery class, but still. He usually kept the silly kid art around for at least a week (or until I forgot about it) before “taking it to work.”

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:33 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Polly

    Thinking more about those dots between the words….Did the writer grow up to work on word processing software development?

    Jun 20, 2012 at 2:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Lauren

    In my father’s defense, he always loved my gifts – my hideous pottery mug was his pen holder at work for many years. I don’t think he knew the fish was supposed to be “special”.

    He’s not with me anymore and seeing this post made my day. Thank you.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   redheadwglasses

      “I don’t think he knew the fish was supposed to be “special”.”

      His six-year-old apparently put some time and effort into a homemade gift for father’s day, and he didn’t know he should think of it as special?

      Jun 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    It’s Fathers’ Day, not Kids’ Day; so he should get to choose how he celebrates it – even if he wants to celebrate it by throwing away some crap his dumbass kid has made. Every other day of the year is Kids’ Day, so they’ve really got nothing to complain about.

    Jun 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   redheadwglasses

    I (no kids) once asked a coworker (a grandmother), “Okay, this ‘artwork’ is just crap. Just because someone’s kid made it doesn’t mean it’s good. You and I both know that.It’s a stick figure with poorly fitting clothes. So why does the parent like it and keep it?” (I asked this not in a snarky tone, but in a “please explain the thinking behind this” tone.)

    Her answer: Because he couldn’t do this *six months ago.*

    Their artwork are progress measurements. THAT, I get. Still, the stuff I get from boyfriend’s kids and nieces, gets tossed. If my cats could draw, I’d toss their crap, too!

    Jun 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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