Mothers-in-law. ‘Nuff said.
related: Nobody does guilt trips quite like Grandma
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Sounds like my mother in law.
Mar 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm rating: 3
Buy now and I’ll throw in one of those picture frames that spells out “Grandma”, seein’ as how I’ll never get enough photos to fill it.
Mar 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm rating: 64
maybe it’s because Grandpa had a “special way” of sitting grandson on the swing and then pushing with his hands “just so”.
Mar 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm rating: 3
Is it just me or does it look like S&M praphernalia? Yea, I wouldn’t visit Grandma and Grandpa either.
Mar 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm rating: 76
Yeah, I’m pretty stoned, so at first I thought I accidentally went to Lamebook and this post was funny for the wrong reason too.
Mar 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm rating: 8
I definitely thought it was a different kind of swing at first.
Mar 12, 2014 at 12:35 am rating: 15
You all play cowgirl a different way?
Mar 12, 2014 at 7:07 am rating: 1
Thought the same thing. That looks like it might be more fun for adults than kids….
you know, if you are into that kind of thing O-)<
Mar 12, 2014 at 8:05 am rating: 2
Now that you mention it…yeah. I wonder if Grandma and Grandpa bought it having no actual idea what it was. Not unlikely.
Mar 19, 2014 at 9:59 am rating: 1
Ace of Space
Maybe the poor kid was afraid of the thing? Looks like an instrument of torture.
Mar 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm rating: 21
Oh my, it looks especially painful next to the wooden fence. Impaled grandkids, anyone?
Mar 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm rating: 8
Mm-hm. Not the kind of…ride…I had in mind.
Mar 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm rating: 9
Actually, these are quite popular in our area and they’re also expensive, so it’s hard for me to blame Grandma for being a bit put out after buying an expensive and popular toy that never gets used because the grandchild never comes to visit. Maybe Grandma doesn’t get visits because of something wrong with HER, but it’s also possible that child/child-in-law won’t bring the kid over because THEY have issues. No role in any relationship has a monopoly on bat-shit crazy behavior.
Mar 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm rating: 40
Just what I was thinking.
Mar 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm rating: 1
Wait, what? In what “area” are these popular? Unless you’re talking about a sex toy convention, I can’t bring myself to see that hideous thing being popular with children. Or see it for sale at anyplace other than a sex shop.
If you’ve got grandparents that are crazy/senile enough to buy such a thing, I can’t say I blame the parents for not bringing their grandkids over. Keep your bedroom activities in your bedroom, sheesh.
Mar 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm rating: 14
Tractor Supply carries them lol
Mar 12, 2014 at 3:53 am rating: 5
I agree, VerityBrown, the reason why grandson doesn’t come over that much could be Crazy Grandma or Crazy child/child-in-law or a combination of both or just because the grandson lives in a different state and it just didn’t happen.
But if I were to bet….. Given the amount of PA this woman has put in her advertisement, I think it’s likely that her criticisms are neither subtle nor rare, and there’s good reason Grandson doesn’t come over much.
Mar 12, 2014 at 7:10 am rating: 20
If Grandma was asked to buy an expensive toy and promised many visits, then she’s justified being put out. If Grandma bought it in some frenzied expectation of weekly visits and sleepovers starting at 3 months old and is mad that her child isn’t conforming to her wishes, she’s being a jerk.
Like Elf, I see her tendency to vent passive aggressively to strangers as a reason to lean toward the latter.
Mar 12, 2014 at 7:20 am rating: 19
I think that cutting your tire swing into a vaugely horse-like shape is a lot more practical and fun than leaving it intact and providing a breeding ground for the local mosquito population.
Mar 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm rating: 6
Eh, for that you can just drill some drainage holes in the bottom. Not too many or too big. Just enough to let all the water out. No need to go carving up the entire tire.
Mar 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm rating: 2
As a mom of two (now age 7 and 10) who has taken my kids to a playground that has a couple of these, I can attest to the fact that children DO very much enjoy them. My kids didn’t want to get off, but I had to make them because other kids were waiting.
Mar 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm rating: 4
They are pretty popular in the South US. I have seen a lot of them. I do acknowledge they kinda do look like S&M toys.
I am guessing for her to go out of her way to post about her grandson not coming to visit that she is a bitchy MIL that probably is the type that can’t be bothered to come see the grandson and always expects them to come to her. The road works both ways. My in-laws are like that. I made it clear they are going to have to visit us here some and they stuck their feet in and so they don’t get to see the kids. Sorry for you. I am not always coming to you.
Mar 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm rating: 3
They seriously sell these to children?
Unless I’m going blind, doesn’t that thing have sharp corners and gromets/tacks and so forth that can cause injury? And it doesn’t even look like a horse.
Mar 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm rating: 0
The Beast Among Us
No, they sell them to the parents of children.
When I was a kid, we didn’t have padded playgrounds. Ours were all steel bars, so they would last a long time against the abuse we children gave them.
Mar 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm rating: 2
I bet if you threw in some accessories like a paddle and ball gag you could up your price to at least $100.
Mar 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm rating: 30
The Beast Among Us
Maybe she should hang it up. Those things are really difficult to use when they’re just sitting around like that.
Mar 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm rating: 19
“Grandma, for the last time, I’m 30 years old! When I say I’m a swinger I don’t mean THAT kind of swing!”
Mar 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm rating: 38
Oh! I keep forgetting to mention this here – it’s one of those things I mentioned in so many places I lost track of who all to tell. Biopsy of the polyp and my lymph nodes came back negative for cancer.
And I’m back at work as of yesterday.
Also I got a lifetime fishing license. *grins* I don’t know who was more excited about that. Me or the Fish & Game person who sold it to me.
Mar 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm rating: 20
Congrats, Jami! \o/ I take it you’re feeling good after the surgery?
Mar 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm rating: 1
Yeah. Other than a cough that just won’t go away and the occasional desire to scratch my sutures like crazy. I still have moments where I’m super duper tired but I took a long nap today and felt better.
Mar 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm rating: 0
Well it only holds up to 150 pounds. Third-graders are pretty damned big nowadays, so maybe Mommy doesn’t want him on it. Seriously. There’s a scale at this store I go to, and this little kid, who was about 4 feet 5, tells his mother he weighs 160. And she says, ‘oh you weigh almost as much as me,’ as if it’s no big deal. Anyhoo…
Mar 12, 2014 at 2:02 am rating: 9
I was picturing the grandson as around age 4 to 6, which would make it really shocking if 150 pounds is not sufficient. Also, what did you expect the mother to say to her son, “Woah, that’s a real problem!” I mean, seriously, the mother may well want the child to weigh less and may be discussing the issue with a doctor, but hurting the kid’s feelings won’t do a damn bit of good and will potentially make any health issue worse. Shame does not encourage weight loss, nor is it good parenting. And you can’t tell anything about what actual parenting is being done or what actual issues are happening from an exchange like you described.
Mar 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm rating: 5
What, you mean shaming the child in front of the entire store doesn’t work? Well, I hope they went out to Burger King afterwards to celebrate. Really, I was not criticizing the mother. Just, I guess feeling a little dismayed that this is what childhood obesity means. You keep hearing about it. But there is a number. I don’t have kids and good thing. It’s hard enough to keep track of my own weight.
Mar 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm rating: 2
I think the 150-pound limit might be a clue that this “toy” is not meant for children. Yikes.
Mar 16, 2014 at 6:10 am rating: 0
Childhood obesity has been proven to be a scare tactic. The OBESITY EPEDEMIC itself? Is a 15 pound weight gain since 1990 http://www.gallup.com/poll/158921/americans-continue-adjust-ideal-weight-upward.aspx Whoo, yeah so fat. Very deadly.
Mar 27, 2014 at 4:12 am rating: 0
I think I”m the only one who didn’t get the PA in this one right away. I had to look at the comments and re-read it. I took the “he never comes over” to mean the swing was barely used and in almost-new condition.
Mar 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm rating: 3
She could have listed it as “barely used and in almost-new condition” without telling the world her grandson never visits.
Mar 12, 2014 at 3:12 pm rating: 4
But isn’t it more believable (good salesmanship) to have the story? My grandmother was the only one who ever drove it, and that was only to the grocery store once a week.
Mar 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm rating: 4
Is it wrong to feel a distinct lack of sympathy for Grandma because she is subliterate?
Mar 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm rating: 4
From the pictures, it looks as though the kid would be sitting in front of the rope, prone to being pitched off on his precious little face. No wonder he doesn’t come over – maybe he thinks you’re trying to kill him.
Mar 13, 2014 at 7:27 am rating: 0
Zero Our Hero
I’m team Grandma. Regarding used stuff, most sites ask the reason for the sale. nothing wrong with adding a little backstory. As for her wishing she saw her grandkid a little more, when was that a crime. She’s older, and might be lonely. Maybe when you guys have kids that dont give a shit about you you’d get it.
Mar 13, 2014 at 7:30 am rating: 2
Judging from many of the letters I read over on WaPo’s advice columns, a lot of parents and grandparents don’t deserve to have their kids give a shit about them.
Mar 13, 2014 at 10:03 am rating: 6
Well, it works both ways.Does she go over to their house and visit? She could have given them the swing and let them put it in their yard, if they have one
Mar 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm rating: 2
“Reason for sale: Grandson ended up not using it.”
Of course it’s not a crime to want to see your grandkid more. But exaggerating about the frequency (“never”, really?) and whining to strangers about your children don’t augur well for a fun, guilt-trip-free visit to Grammy’s house.
Mar 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm rating: 8
Most of the time, if the kids don’t give a shit about their parents, it’s because their parents weren’t very good at raising them. Raising your kids to value familial relationships and be kind and caring is a large part of the job of parents. Also, being a positive influence on your kids’ lives. Sure, sometimes a parent does their best and a kid just turns out badly, but for the most part, parents get what they deserve with their kids. It’s one of the most obvious examples of reaping what you sow.
Mar 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm rating: 2
I agree with what assive said. The road works both ways which I remind many people often. If it was not getting used she could have let them put it up at their own house instead of holding it hostage at her house and saying the only way you can play with it is by coming over here.
Mar 14, 2014 at 6:17 pm rating: 2
I ? my guasha
Well, she’s probably a bitch anyway
May 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm rating: 0
My son/daughter doesn’t bring the grandson over as often as I would like, so I am punishing the grandson by getting rid of one of the things he loves to play with at my house. As you can see by the swing, he is much too young to have any say in whether he comes to see Grandma or not, but too effing bad. If he didn’t want to suffer life’s little disappointments, he should have picked better parents.
May 14, 2014 at 1:26 am rating: 0
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