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24th Feb 2022

My mother expects me to give her gifts on my birthday- is she wrong?

Kat O'Connor

How would you feel if your mum said this to you?

One woman has opened up about the unusual family tradition her mum started.

She explained that on her and her sibling’s birthdays, they have to celebrate their mother too. They even give her gifts.

She told Reddit that she is now 25 and growing tired of the tradition.

The 25-year-old said it no longer feels like her birthday but more of a celebration of her mum.

“It was taught to me as ‘giving thanks for carrying + giving birth to us’. The issue is though, it becomes less of our birthday and more so an anniversary for the day our mom gave birth.”

“Every year on our birthday our mom gets gifts too. As we got older, we’re now expected to get her monetary gifts.

The daughter explained that for her last birthday she was given new clothes and dishware for her new apartment. However, her mum got a new MacBook and her siblings gave her gifts too.

Prior to her birthday, her sister apologised because she could only buy her a sweater. She explained that her mum asked for a necklace so she couldn’t afford more for her sister, even though it was her birthday.

“Apparently, my mom had been dropping hints for months and my sister was worried our mom would be upset and feel underappreciated if she didn’t get it.”

The sister then revealed the necklace was $300. “I think she’s ridiculous for even wanting my sister to spend so much on a gift!”

The daughter called her mum out because she was tired of her selfish behaviour, but her family claimed she is just “jealous”.

But doesn’t she have a point? It’s her birthday after all and not her mother’s.

What do you think?