October 16, 2021

Mom Teaches Daughter a Lesson in Gratitude after Girl Throws Her Present in the Trash

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Haley Hassell shared how she taught her daughter a valuable lesson after showing ungratefulness and rudeness over a present.

Parents know very well to instill good values in their children at an early age. However, a child can sometimes show troublesome attitudes regardless of the circumstances.

Haley Hassell experienced this with her little daughter and shared what she did on Facebook in 2019, hoping other moms would learn as well.

Haley Hassell gives her child a new pencil case. | Source:


Hassell opened up about the extent she went to get her daughter a pink LOL pencil case, even going to three different stores to find it. 

However, things didn't go as expected when the little girl received her present. In fact, it turned into a mom's nightmare. Hassell narrated:

"When I surprised her with it this afternoon (just knowing she would be ecstatic) she stared at it and threw it in the trash and slammed her bedroom door."


To add to her daughter's already rude behavior, the girl yelled from her room, "That's stupid, everyone in my class has that… I don't want it anymore!"

To complete the lesson, her daughter would deliver the LOL pencil case herself and use the Ziploc bag in school.

By that time, Hassell was furious and ready to scream at the daughter she worked hard to raise, both financially and physically. Still, she managed to keep her calm.


"I thought I had always taught her to be grateful & know how lucky she was, but apparently sis needed a small wake up call!!!" she wrote in her post.

Hoping to teach her child a lesson, Hassell returned with a new pencil case -- a Ziploc bag. When her daughter saw it, she decided on the LOL pencil case and said it was better than the Ziploc.

However, it was too late to change her mother's mind. Hassell said that the LOL pencil case would go to a child whose parents couldn't afford school supplies or a kid who didn't even have parents.


Calmly, Hassell explained that her daughter was not entitled to certain things and was lucky even to have a comfortable lifestyle.

To complete the lesson, her daughter would deliver the LOL pencil case herself and use the Ziploc bag in school. She ended her post by sharing the importance of being grateful:

"I truly believe changing our perception & just being grateful can turn around any situation in life."

Being grateful goes far beyond material possessions. It also means being content and showing appreciation to those who helped.

Previously, a man who pretended to leave his wallet at home asked a stranger to buy him lunch. When she said yes, he showed his gratitude by paying for her entire grocery bill.