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To think this is a bit much for 8 year olds?

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Mydogatemypurse Fri 14-Feb-20 11:03:51

A group of mums at my sons school have gone OTT on valentines day ... ringing other mums to alert them to who is dating who, and making sure that they are armed with presents and cards and making sure they 'dont forget'.
At the school this morning it was ridiculous. With a small group of kids getting showered with gifts/balloons etc whilst a lot were clearly left out.
Now my son isnt bothered in the slightest and didnt bat an eyelid, but my heart sank for some of the others who didnt get gifts and were looking on. I wondered about the impact on their self esteem at such a young age and whether the school should allow this.
Also I feel like a massive prude because I actually felt a bit uncomfortable with the parents encouraging the fuss, taking pictures of the happy couples kissing etc etc.
Am I completely out of touch?? I'm an old fart arent I?

GlummyMcGlummerson Fri 14-Feb-20 11:04:40

8yo Children exchanging Valentine's Day gifts is creepy as hell. YANBU

halcyondays Fri 14-Feb-20 11:05:01

8 year olds are dating?

AgentPrentiss Fri 14-Feb-20 11:05:18

Nah that’s fucking insane for eight year olds! The fuck?

puds11 Fri 14-Feb-20 11:05:57

Nah that’s weird. I mean...I bought my DD a present from the baby grin but that’s normal...

BrimfulofSasha Fri 14-Feb-20 11:06:19

this is gross.

Mydogatemypurse Fri 14-Feb-20 11:07:01

I thought it was weird too. I was just going to get my two sons cards off me and our cats ha.

honesttogod Fri 14-Feb-20 11:07:58

The whole day is bloody stupid. Young children don't need the pressure of buying their "gf or bf" a card or gift.

undercoveraessedai Fri 14-Feb-20 11:08:09

That's proper weird envy<< not envy

Mydogatemypurse Fri 14-Feb-20 11:08:49

Would you mention it to the school. I cant be the only person who was uncomfortable. I just dont want to be a big busy body

bananahood Fri 14-Feb-20 11:10:24

I've encountered eight year olds saying they're "dating" (never amounts to anything other than a lot of giggling as far as I can tell) but that's way too far. So strange of the parents to encourage it hmm

BeigeFoodLover Fri 14-Feb-20 11:10:55

Urgh - that’s gross.

My 9yo has got a card and a little chocolate bunny for his ‘girlfriend’ - I made it very clear that he couldn’t have ‘love’ on the card. He’s hiding it in her tray.

I don’t mind the odd gift exchange, it’s sweet. But it wasn’t actively encouraged (all his idea) and no massive gestures like necklaces or balloons etc!

BeigeFoodLover Fri 14-Feb-20 11:12:07

Edit to add: it’s a sweet idea, in that I like that my son gets excited about giving gifts. Both my kids love other people’s birthdays etc and I had to stop them getting me a valentines gift and told them to save their money. So I like the fact they’re thoughtful but also learn not to be too OTT hopefully! 🤣

Wendalicious Fri 14-Feb-20 11:13:10

My 8 year old daughter made friendship cards for 3 friends and that was it- don’t like the girlfriend/boyfriend thing at all xx

Figgygal Fri 14-Feb-20 11:13:33

My ds is 8 I remember when they were in reception they were all obsessed with boyfriends and girlfriends but even then I think they would’ve been mortified at the concept of Valentines. He has a “girlfriend” but valentines has rightly passes him by

What you’re describing seems absolutely ridiculous and yes it’s very on fair on some of the other children

OscarWildesCat Fri 14-Feb-20 11:13:35

YANBU, doubt any of these children would have done this without parental input and are probably really embarrassed.

Mydogatemypurse Fri 14-Feb-20 11:14:23

Yeah I understand if the child just asked to do something small like that. I wondering if this is going to be a big deal every year now and some kids could end up dreading it for not being bought anything. I'm probably overthinking this now ha.

SapphosRock Fri 14-Feb-20 11:14:44

My DD is in reception and made some heart cards for her (female) friends.

Exchanging gifts and 8 year olds dating is definitely weird.

Mlou32 Fri 14-Feb-20 11:14:49

It'll be a bunch of sad parents with no other excitement in their lives. I wouldn't worry about it.

Figgygal Fri 14-Feb-20 11:15:05

And when I say he has a gf she’s just his favourite girl and none of that talk is encouraged by us

Mumdiva99 Fri 14-Feb-20 11:15:28

I have never seen that at school. (I have 3 kids). I have heard of a child wanting to get something for a gf or bf - but not come across it being driven by adults. I wouldn't pay too much heed to it. If your child asks you why it was happening then just be honest - I don't know - Valentines day is normally for more grown up people. (Imho - little kids aren't that bothered by this stuff - it's more the teens who would actually care).

inwood Fri 14-Feb-20 11:16:12

That is batshit.

Twinkletoes888 Fri 14-Feb-20 11:17:50

I saw this outside my 9yo class and thought it was rather strange....also a bit peeved that a 9yo put in more effort than my DH gringrin

Socalm Fri 14-Feb-20 11:19:30

Some of those parents really have issues. I wouldn't mention it to the school though or worry about left out kids because seriously what could be more uncool than that.

Mydogatemypurse Fri 14-Feb-20 11:20:32

Ha ha maybe that's it twinkletoes888 I'm just jealous, I hadnt thought about it like that ha. No it's still strange tho I agree.

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