Parents Respond Perfectly When Daughter Buys $350 Worth Of Amazon Toys
Cailyn Finkel 8/29/2018
Katelyn Lunt, 6, is like many other girls her age. She absolutely loves her Barbie doll collection, and will do anything to add to it! That's why little Katelyn gladly volunteered to help out a little more around the house. Catherine, Katelyn's mother, promised her a brand new Barbie if she did extra chores. With a full day of work and managing a family, a little extra help was crucial for Catherine.
The first-grader worked tirelessly to clean up her toys, help with dishes, and complete every other small task Catherine asked of her. When the time came for her hard work to be rewarded, Catherine proudly handed over her phone and allowed her to select the doll of her dreams on Amazon. Her daughter earned it!
But when Katelyn asked to see the website a second time to "check on the shipping," something much different went down in their Amazon shopping cart...
Katelyn's sneaky actions were revealed when Catherine checked on a different order later that day. Instead of seeing the single item she purchased and her daughter's doll, three pages of orders met her eyes.
The crafty little one did check the status of her original Barbie doll order - but then she saw the list of recommended products. Shiny dollhouses, accessories, and add-ons were suddenly in the shopping cart and on the way to their home! She managed to spend nearly $400 on Barbie-related items and other fun toys, all in the matter of a few minutes.
Unfortunately, Catherine could only cancel two of the orders before they arrived on their doorstep. When the delivery person unloaded Katelyn's many toys, a look of excitement and shame covered her face.
Catherine toldThe Washington Post her daughter knew she did something wrong but was so excited about all of her new toys.
"She gave me a look that she always gives when she knows she's in trouble. She knew what she was doing when she ordered those Barbies. And she knew that it was wrong."
While it would've been easy to fly off the handle and berate Katelyn, Catherine took a deep breath and figured out a plan.
"Although Katelyn knew what she was doing, she had no comprehension about what she'd spent. I mean, come on. She just started the first grade. I'd have to say this is really my fault, for not paying close attention."
Catherine used the shopping spree as a teachable moment. The pair took a trip to the same children's hospital that treated Katelyn was she was a newborn. She suffered from several serious issues that affected her brain tissue - but with the help of the medical staff there, she was able to bounce back completely.
Catherine told The Washington Post that her daughter was sad to lose her toys, but realized how important it was for the children in the hospital.
"Katelyn was a little depressed at first that we were giving them all away. But then she sat with a bunch of little girls who are patients, and they opened all of the boxes together and laughed and played. She had a lot of fun but also learned a really good lesson."
Now we're sure Catherine will keep a close eye on Katelyn when it comes to access to online shopping!