Mom’s Viral Lesson To Daughter About Not Being Entitled Is Parenting At Its Finest

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Parents are applauding a Florida mother’s Facebook post about a meltdown her daughter had and the lesson she taught her.

Haley Hassell of Pensacola took to Facebook Aug. 13 to post about how her daughter, Presleigh, tossed her brand new pencil case in the trash.

Hassell stated that she had been shopping for school supplies for her 6-year-old daughter, who recently started first grade. Hassell went to three different stores in order to find a ‘LOL’ pencil case that her daughter so desperately wanted. Finally, she found it — purchased it — and brought it home to surprise her little girl.

“I was trying to be nice and get her the cool one she wanted since she was nervous about starting first grade,” Hassell told “Good Morning America.” “We came home from school and I said, ‘I got you a surprise.'”

Hassell shared what happened next on her Facebook page, writing, “She stared at it and threw it in the trash and slammed the bedroom door. She yelled ‘that’s stupid, everyone in my class has that..I don’t want it anymore!'”

?WARNING LONG MOM RANT POST!!! ?Presleigh learned a tough love lesson today… I went to 3 different stores to get that…

Posted by Haley Hassell on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Though taken back and rather upset about her daughter’s reaction, Hassell maintained her cool, telling her daughter, “‘Okay that’s fine, let me go get the one you’re going to use’…came back with her new pencil box, which is the ziploc bag. She lost her mind! Suddenly the LOL Box she just trashed was good enough and the ziploc bag was horrible…but it’s too late for all that.”

Haley Hassell of Pensacola, Florida


Hassell spoke with Good Morning America about her thought process in regards to the entire situation, here is what she said :

“She’s had her moments but never anything like that. I was trying to be calm,”. ” “She’s only 6 so I have to be flexible in how to handle it. I don’t want to break her heart, but also don’t want her to think she can act like that. It’s not how I was raised.”

“I sat down and told her, ‘There’s people whose mommies and daddies [can’t afford] to buy them school supplies,'” Hassell added. “‘You have to think about these things before you talk and act like that, so for now, this is what you’re going to use and we are going to find someone who will be grateful for it.'”

Hassell and her daughter ended up mailing the pencil case to a 5-year-old girl in Utah and sent over a few other school supplies.

Haley Hassell of Pensacola, Florida – Facebook