When mom Alayna Kolberg took her son Carson to the park for a playdate, she had no idea that it would be the beginning of their viral “15 minutes of fame.” However, a rant Kolberg posted to Facebook after her son was mobbed by several kids he did not know and asked to share his toys went crazy viral.
Kolberg explains in her post (below), which has been shared over 200,000 times, that her son had brought a few toys to the park to share with a playmate. But when they arrived, his friend wasn’t there yet, and he was immediately swamped by some kids he did not know who wanted his toys.
Kolberg says she advised her overwhelmed son, “You can tell them no, Carson,” I said. “Just say no. You don’t have to say anything else.”
Of course, her response was NOT met favorably by the other kids.
She continues, “Of course, as soon as he said no, the boys ran to tattle to me that he was not sharing. I said, ‘He doesn’t have to share with you. He said no. If he wants to share, he will.’
That got me some dirty looks from other parents.”
This is where Kolberg’s rant gets a little controversial—but after reading her argument, I find myself agreeing. Like most things in life, this depends upon the particular situation, but I don’t think she’s wrong in this case. She goes on:
Here is the thing though: