Mum Cancels Christmas To Teach Sons A Lesson

05/12/2014 12:22 | Updated 20 May 2015

Cancelled Christmas A mum has cancelled Christmas to teach her three sons a lesson.

Lisa Henderson said her boys Caleb, 11, Davis, eight, and Beckham, five, had become ungrateful and disrespectful and so, to teach them that it's better to give than to receive, they won't be getting any presents.

The 36-year-old stay-at-home-mum from Hurricane, Utah, revealed the plan on her Over the Big Moon blog.

She told GMA: "They had been acting up quite a bit, and weren't very grateful for the things they had."

She said that while the family weren't cancelling 'putting up decorations, celebrating the birth of our Savior, or any of our other heart-warming traditions', but they would be going without 'presents, Santa, and stockings'.

Lisa and her husband John, 34, said they felt their kids had lost sight of the fact that gifts aren't an automatic entitlement and should be earned through good behaviour.

She wrote: "Our kids have been acting so ungrateful lately. They expect so much even when their behavior is extremely disrespectful.

"We gave them good warning, either it was time for their behavior to change or there would be consequences.

"We patiently worked with them for several months and guess what, very little changed."

With Christmas now cancelled, the money the parents would have spent on their three sons will instead be put towards gifts for others.

Lisa wrote: "We are trying to teach them the pleasure of giving rather than continuing to feed their childhood desire for more."

Lisa said her sons were initially upset about the decision, but said she's proud of them for how they've reacted.

She wrote: "They have reacted by making gifts for each other and sneaking them into each others stockings.

"They are learning exactly what we wanted them to learn, because they are not moping around feeling sorry for themselves. They are thinking of others."

However, it's not all doom and gloom for the boys on Christmas morning – they'll still receive parents from their grandparents and other family members.

Lisa wrote: "These will be more cherished because the quantity will be less.They can enjoy what they get rather than feel overstimulated with so much."

Lisa's post has divided opinion amongst readers of her blog.

Some commenters have been outraged and accused Lisa of being 'mean' and 'a lazy parent,' while others have told her they think it is an excellent way to teach her children about the true meaning of Christmas.


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