A woman is annoyed with her mother after she bought an Easter egg for just one of her three daughters – leaving the other two empty-handed.
The mother of three expressed her confusion on the UK parenting forum Mumsnetsaying that her eight-year-old was the only one to receive an Easter treat from her grandmother.
However, her older daughters – ages 16 and 20 – got nothing because their grandmother said they are too old for eggs, and she doesn’t see the problem with her decision.
Many commentators sided with the grandmother, suggesting that chocolate eggs should only go to young children, but others insisted that the tradition extend to children of all ages — including adults.
A British mother of three sparked a debate after revealing that her mother didn’t get her teenage daughters Easter eggs (stock image)
Explaining the situation, the woman wrote, “My mom messaged me tonight to say she bought my eight-year-old daughter an Easter egg, but not my other two daughters (20 and 16).”
She continued, “Every year we have always bought eggs. I have two half-sisters aged 23 and 21 and they both bought an egg last year and have always done so. We hadn’t really talked about it this year.’
When she questioned her mother why she hadn’t bought Easter snacks for her two older children, the grandmother replied that the two oldest were “grown up now.”
The poster said she didn’t understand her mother’s decision, writing, “My problem is she’s the grandmother, wouldn’t she want that? It’s not a big deal, but I try to understand when one of my friends said her mother brought an egg and £5 for each grandchild.’
A debate ensued in the comments section, with many users calling out the woman for the age difference between her youngest daughter and her two older ones.
One of them wrote: ‘I don’t think it’s weird that she only bought for the eight-year-old. The 16-year-old and the 20-year-old probably had eggs when they were younger?’
And agreeing, another added, “Well, I really think of Easter eggs as a kid thing in general. Will it affect your 16 and 20 year olds?’
In a humorous twist, a third said, “I can’t imagine my older grandchildren being interested in a chocolate egg.” A bottle of Prosecco, now you’ve got it.’
The mom-of-three revealed she was surprised her mom didn’t buy her teens eggs of their own
Another commenter echoed a similar sentiment, writing, “I think it’s fine to buy just for the kids. I didn’t buy my grandchildren an egg. One is a teenager, the other is younger.’
“If I saw them at Easter I might have done it, but I wouldn’t have felt obligated. I’m pretty sure no one will buy me one. I refuse to let Easter become another “buy something to do” gift. The next thing we’re going to buy may cookies.’
‘All grandparents stop buying eggs at some point, don’t they? I’m in my 30s and would be flabbergasted if my grandma bought me an egg, I imagine she stopped when I was 18,” agreed a fellow commenter.
And another advised the poster to move on, saying, “It sounds like you feel a little left out because you didn’t stop buying for your half-sisters when they came of age, but your mom has now that your kids are older.” However, that was your choice. I’d let it go.’
After reading the mother-of-three’s stories, some sided with her, saying their own teenage children would be ‘sad’ if they didn’t get an Easter egg
“I’m fine with it, but she should have warned you. Maybe she’s feeling the pressure of the cost-of-living crisis? I wouldn’t make a big deal about it, just change who you buy for next year,” advised another.
However, several users agreed with the original poster and questioned why the grandmother was selective about gift-giving.
One user outlined how they too shared Easter treats in their family, saying, “I’m with you, never too old for Easter eggs.” My mother-in-law buys all the grandchildren’s eggs, and the oldest is 23!’
Some people agreed that only kids should get Easter eggs, that adult kids wouldn’t care
‘My mom and grandma buy me one and I’m 40. It’s like advent calendars and the dirty look my son (18) gave me when I asked if he wanted another one! I can understand why when there are money problems and there are several adult grandchildren, but when it’s only two she leaves out, I find that odd.’
A second wrote: ‘I think everyone, young, old or in between, deserves an Easter egg! And a Christmas stocking!’
And another urged the poster to fight for tradition, writing, “My kids are in their twenties and will definitely feel very sad if they don’t get an Easter egg. That’s called tradition.’