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IsSantaBU to just repair toys this year?

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OnchaoFerngrass Sat 26-Nov-16 22:46:21

Two years ago, DS was given a digger. Shortly before Christmas last year a visiting child broke. Santa replaced it. This year, despite being told not to, he took it into school where it got broken.
DD had a princess tiara. Despite being told not to leave it on the floor and being shown where to put it away she didn't, and it ended up getting broken. I have told her I shall try to fix it ( I can't).

I am tired of how they treat their toys, throwing, not putting away, deliberately dropping from the table to tiled floor, fighting with things, over things etc and they have so much stuff anyway, with more to come from IL's. Would it be totally unreasonable if Santa were to only bring a small new toy this year and a repaired toy?

kilmuir Sat 26-Nov-16 22:47:53


BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Sat 26-Nov-16 22:49:30

Santa would be a proper tight bastard to do that.

I don't think Crimbo morning is the time to teach kids these worthy life lessons.

user1477282676 Sat 26-Nov-16 22:49:39


HmmHaa Sat 26-Nov-16 22:50:05

I don't think this is the way to teach this lesson - sorry!

bumsexatthebingo Sat 26-Nov-16 22:53:04

Well Santa only brings one toy in our house anyway. I take the credit for the rest. I think you need to deal with the issue of toys being mistreated at the time though - rather than trying to teach a lesson at Christmas. Any throwing or dropping on purpose and remove it for the day.

Astro55 Sat 26-Nov-16 22:55:27

If they break it - on purpose - bin it!

OnchaoFerngrass Sat 26-Nov-16 22:57:12

Isn't that usual, bum? One toy, one book, one DVD or cd and chocolate. The rest is from us/IL's etc.
How, when it's e.g. his sisters Lego, can I take it away?

ShatnersBassoon Sat 26-Nov-16 22:57:34

Don't let Santa play the bad guy who punishes the children for bad behaviour! Sort it out yourself, unrelated to Christmas.

BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Sat 26-Nov-16 22:59:51

Shortly before Christmas last year a visiting child broke. Santa replaced it. This year, despite being told not to, he took it into school where it got broken.

It seems the 'crime' here is letting other kids play with his digger.

OnchaoFerngrass Sat 26-Nov-16 23:00:08

That was my first thought astro. Then I though Santa could repair it instead. No digger/tiara at all vs repaired. It's not cheap either, I had to order a new digger arm and will actually have to replace the tiara.

pipsqueak25 Sat 26-Nov-16 23:00:58

if it gets broken don't replace it, wouldn't be mean for christmas though.

Sybys Sat 26-Nov-16 23:03:17

Yeah, I just wouldn't replace broken toys, or explain that they can ask Santa to bring them a replacement, but that will mean they get less new toys.

Just 'surprising' them on Christmas day with repaired toys seems a bit cruel to me.

OnchaoFerngrass Sat 26-Nov-16 23:06:02

I've no idea how it broke at school, only that he took it when he'd been told not to. Result : broken. The "crime", if you want to call it that, wasn't letting someone else play with it, it was disobedience!

bumsexatthebingo Sat 26-Nov-16 23:06:39

Well I'd say whoever was being rough with the toy wouldn't be allowed to play with it for the day - whoever it belongs to. I would probably give a warning first though. And I think you'd have to be trying pretty hard to break Lego.

idontlikealdi Sat 26-Nov-16 23:08:22

Oh that's mean!

kilmuir Sat 26-Nov-16 23:10:25

How did you not notice he had taken it to school?

OnchaoFerngrass Sat 26-Nov-16 23:10:26

It's possible! But removing all toys is counter-productive. Last time we did that, he smashed the light fitting in his room.

OnchaoFerngrass Sat 26-Nov-16 23:11:36

kil he must have stuffed it in his backpack whilst I was sorting DD out.

I think that the natural consequence for breaking your toys, or not looking after them so they get broken, is that you haven't got that toy any more.

So mummy can't repair the tiara or the truck - sorry, they go in the bin, and you don't have a truck or a tiara. And this has the benefit of being an immediate consequence, not one that has to wait four weeks.

I wouldn't make FC the agent of discipline - as others have said, I don't think Christmas Day is the day for moral lessons, and I wouldn't use something that is supposed to be fun or a treat to teach a lesson.

OnchaoFerngrass Sat 26-Nov-16 23:20:33

Broken digger is in pride of place on his bedside cupboard. He certainly won't let me throw it, nor would he forgive me if I did.

If he is still happy with the broken digger, he can keep,it - but he has to accept that it won't do all the things it used to.

And I would warn them both that, if they break any more toys - on purpose or through carelessness - they will go in the bin - and follow through.

BlueFolly Sat 26-Nov-16 23:24:04

Santa is BVVU

OnchaoFerngrass Sat 26-Nov-16 23:26:42

(And yes I know It's a bit unreasonable, but I also know the digger is the only thing he really would want.)
(And else, Santa has no idea what to bring.)

ProfessorBranestawm Sat 26-Nov-16 23:26:49

Yes, broken not-looked-after toys get chucked in the bin, or if they want to keep the broken one then why replace at all.

I don't think it was fair to replace it via santa the first year - it wasn't his fault another child came to your home and broke it sad

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