A Missouri mother’s Christmas gift to her children was supposed to serve as a tool to help teach them financial responsibility but instead has caused quite the unintended stir on social media.
Ciearra Baker of St. Louis surprised her son and daughter with their own vending machine and starter snacks for the holiday in lieu of toys so that they can start learning how to be “young bosses in the making.”
Baker’s post was initially met with criticism, with many social media users remarking that Christmas gifts should be fun, not functional.
“How is letting your kid enjoy life ‘hanicapping’ them?”
“It’s Christmas, give the kids something they want, teach them about investing any other day of the year…?”
“You ain’t do this for the kids you did this for clout. Them kids ain’t want that and don’t care about it”
As word of the backlash spread, more users came to Baker’s defense and applauded her for setting her children up for financial success at early ages, including reality TV star Masika Kalysha.”This is a dope ass gift. Honestly my daughters only 5 and I’m sick of buying toys. My house can’t hold another toy I might be doin this soon,” she wrote.
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