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AIBU to think if you buy a 3yr old a water pistol

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TheLadyEvenstar Mon 25-Jul-11 20:27:25

You should expect to get wet at some point?

P bought DS2 a cheap water pistol - against my advice. Anyway this evening about 45 minutes ago DS2 went in the bathroom filled his gun and stood firing it into the shower. P called him and said "Don't spray that at me". Of course being 3 DS2 went and refilled it and sprayed daddy.

Giggling away he continued, I was trying to fix the pully switch in the bathroom at this point, turned round to P grabbing the water pistol and snapping it in half. Cue lots of tears from DS2 who I have just managed to calm down.

So AIBU to think if you buy this toy then you have to be prepared for what goes with it?
AIBU to think he over reacted?

squeakytoy Mon 25-Jul-11 20:29:31

Depends... was he getting the water out of the loo???

DoMeDon Mon 25-Jul-11 20:30:52

He did over react to snap it in half and acted like a child in the process.

Having said that DS needs to learn no means no- it wans't explained and handled in the right way though.

TheLadyEvenstar Mon 25-Jul-11 20:31:12

Squeaky out of the tap!

Bathroom and toilet seperate

TheLadyEvenstar Mon 25-Jul-11 20:32:04


Prior to being called DS2 was standing happily in the bathroom spraying into the shower which is a walk in shower.

Sirzy Mon 25-Jul-11 20:32:30

Snapping it in half was over reacting.

However, I am afraid I would have said to stop it aswell. IMO things like that are better kept outdoors on hot days as inside it is always going to lead to problems!

lawnimp Mon 25-Jul-11 20:32:43

sad aw that's sad

buy him a massive super soaker tomorrow

AgentZigzag Mon 25-Jul-11 20:32:53

What did he think he was going to do with it?

He was totally OTT snapping it in half in front of your DS, who was just having a laugh judging by his giggling.

What do you think of it?

clam Mon 25-Jul-11 20:33:26

Maybe, but you can kind of understand!
Reminds me of the time one of DH's brainless berk of a cousin bought all the kids supersoakers for a family reunion BBQ.
Absolute carnage!

amIbeingdaft Mon 25-Jul-11 20:34:51

Snapped a child's toy in half? That's a ridiculous loss of control over something silly. Your DP sounds like a cunt.

sparkle12mar08 Mon 25-Jul-11 20:35:52

Why on earth is he still in your house, or am I wasting my breath given the history...

UsingMainlySpoons Mon 25-Jul-11 20:36:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Andrewofgg Mon 25-Jul-11 20:37:17

Buying cousins' and friends' children such things - when you no longer have small children and are safe from retaliation - is one of life's little joys. A certain cousin of DW is in for a shock at her DD's next birthday . . . it makes one hell of a din. And let me add it was DW's idea.

basingstoke Mon 25-Jul-11 20:38:35

Water pistols are outside toys...

But breaking the toy rather than removing it is nasty.

TheLadyEvenstar Mon 25-Jul-11 20:38:35

Sirzy, DS2 was standing in the bathroom spraying the gun into the shower, not near anything or anyone. He was firing at the tiles.

Only AFTER P called him did he spray him.

scottishmummy Mon 25-Jul-11 20:39:32

its a disproportionate response esp to make child cry

TheLadyEvenstar Mon 25-Jul-11 20:41:10

Sparkle, I am not getting into the back history of the idiot being here still please!!!

DoMeDon Mon 25-Jul-11 20:42:52

He called him and said 'don't spray me' and DS did - he didn't deserve to have toy snapped but he shouldn't have sprayed. Dad should've said ;daddy said no spraying the water gun at me inside - you can go back and spray in bathroom in a minute but dady wants to talk to you now' or some such shite - breakage was a massive over reaction.

reelingintheyears Mon 25-Jul-11 20:42:57

Miserable git.

nojustificationneeded Mon 25-Jul-11 20:43:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OurPlanetNeptune Mon 25-Jul-11 20:45:08

Yes, a child should learn that no means no. The operative word here is learn; how is he going to learn when your DH throws a tantrum instead parenting your son? Your son was being cheeky but not malicious and this was an opportunity for your husband to teach him something, and he failed.

YANBU but he is. Indeed, he acted like a complete twit. Not a great example he is setting for your son is it?

WhereYouLeftIt Mon 25-Jul-11 20:48:00

TheLadyEvenstar, is there any progress on getting P to move out yet?

msrisotto Mon 25-Jul-11 20:49:06

Breaking it was a bit of a mean thing to do. The kids only 3.

scottishmummy Mon 25-Jul-11 20:50:16

back history?so you know partner is a git. yes in which case why is he still around

youarekidding Mon 25-Jul-11 20:50:17

First mistake of P was calling him away from safe spraying to egg on with 'don't spray me'. My DS would immediatly - if he was spraying elsewhere- see that as a 'you can't get me' type of invite.

I agree if he said 'no' firmly and re directed DS2 back to the bath then if he carried on it should have been taken away.

snapping it worse behaviour than your DS2's IMO.

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