If you're a parent, you've inevitably experienced the shock-and-awe moment when you return to a room in which you left your kids happily playing only to find that they have summarily destroyed, damaged or irreversibly altered some aspect of your home. I am still traumatized by the day I dashed to the bathroom and returned less than five minutes later to my 18-month-old daughter's room to find that she had covered herself, her walls, several books and her bed in poop. I don't know how they do it, but kids are masters at the art of fast and efficient destruction.
So I can empathize — to a certain extent — with daney21, a mom who recently got so frustrated with her sons for destroying her bathtub with their toys that she decided to auction off the offending toys on eBay, complete with a picture of the boys holding up the toys and a description of their actions and punishment:
"We are selling 8 Beyblades, 2 of them light up. As you can tell they are not happy about this! They have been using their bathtub as a "battle arena" and Beyblades + Bathtub = Destruction!!! With the metal ones they managed to scrape the enamel off the tub, take a chunk of tub out and break off the soap holder. SO if you "win" this auction DON'T play with in a bathtub!!! We have received a quote of $500.00 to replace the tub, some tiles, and soap holder + labor of course! They had approximately $125.67 in their piggy banks that will be going to toward the cost. We will use the profit from this auction towards the balance and then it is onto other toys!"
Ouch! Talk about airing your dirty laundry. As I said, I can empathize with daney21 to some degree. Having your tub destroyed by a bunch of crappy toys would be incredibly frustrating. And I'm not about to judge her about if she should have heard the destruction taking place or counseled her boys on where and how to use the toys. I know how quickly something like this can happen.
For the record, the actual eBay auction was canceled when spammers caught wind of it and jacked the bids up to $999,999. A blogger on the website Urlesque captured a screenshot of some of the colorful comments daney21 was receiving throughout the auction.
Personally, I can't say that I would have doled out the same punishment, but that's just me. How about you?