Woman Refuses to Give 'Entitled' 12-Year-Old Birthday Present

Gillian Sisley

Should people always be entitled to a birthday gift?

A person's birthday is meant to be a special time. This is the one time every year that each person gets to have the spotlight on them, and in most cases receive a birthday gift or two.

In fact, studies have shown that a majority of people feel special on their birthday. Though it may be a difficult day for some, it is an exciting day for others.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which an aunt refuses to give a birthday present for her nephew due to his entitled behaviour.

Should people always be entitled to a birthday gift?

A Reddit post published on August 10th, reported on by Kate Fowler from Newsweek, has gone viral with 7,300 upvotes and close to 700 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that her 12-year-old nephew Oliver is ‘entitled’ and ‘quite spoiled’ by his parents, who tend to show favouritism toward him compared to his 9-year-old sister, Amy.

The author continues by stating that when her niece and nephew stay with her over the weekend, she tends to be quite strict with them. Recently, it was Oliver's birthday, and while he's usually behaved, this time he was an absolute terror.

The author's niece Amy had won a spelling bee, which her parents entirely overlooked, but the author was very proud of her niece. She purchased her a stuffed animal as a congratulations present. However, when the author arrived at her nephew's birthday party, she learnt that her niece had been grounded because of an argument she had with her brother.

Favoritism can scar children for life.

Psychologists warn against favoritism among children, as it can lead to the least favored child to suffer from feelings of abandonment and loneliness, even into their adult years.

The parents informed the author that Oliver had thrown a tantrum and destroyed Amy’s stuffed animal she had been gifted. However, rather than punishing Oliver, the parents grounded Amy and forced her to pick up all of the pieces of the destroyed stuffed animal.

Furious that her niece was the one to be punished, the author refused to give her nephew his birthday gift after he had been so mean to his sister. She also told her sister and brother-in-law that they were ‘cruel’ for treating Amy the way they did. Now her entire family is mad at her for not giving Oliver his birthday gift.

What do you think? Was the author entirely justified to refuse to give Oliver his birthday gift after he destroyed the one she gave her niece? Or is she just being mean by refusing to give him a birthday present?

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