A Missouri Mother's Vending Machine Christmas Gift Sparks a Controversial Online Discussion
By: April Carson
A mother of four in Missouri intended her children's Christmas present to be a teaching tool for financial responsibility, but it has instead sparked an uproar on social media.
Ciearra Baker of St. Louis, Missouri, surprised her son and daughter with their own vending machine and starter goodies for the holidays instead of toys so that they can learn how to be "young bosses in the making."
"We want to teach them that they can be whatever they want when they grow up, and that it's hard work that gets you where you want to go in life," Baker told ABC News today. "My daughter wants to run her own daycare one day, and my son is interested in the restaurant business."
“Let's not make things too easy for these youngsters. I'm not buying my kids toys that they'll comprehend life isn't always fair, and making the proper financial decisions & etc... So I had the notion to put money into a vending machine as a Christmas present for the youngsters.” Baker posted on Facebook.
The gesture earned Baker a lot of criticism, with many social media users claiming that Christmas presents should be enjoyable, not practical.
“How is letting your child have fun ‘handicapping' them?”
“It's Christmas; give the children what they want and educate them about investing any other day of the year...?”
“You didn't do this for the kids; you did it for clout. They don't care about it and aren't interested in it.”
“While the criticism was still spreading, more people came to Baker's defense and praised her for putting her children up for financial success early on, including reality TV star Masika Kalysha.”
“This was a really excellent idea! It's time to switch out the Jordan's, ps5, and all that other stuff. Once they realize how much money they'll have coming in, they'll thank their mother for the present.”
“She spent the money on ‘Christmas presents’ instead. He'll be able to afford his own money next year, and he can even purchase a PS5 and more. Meanwhile, your children will be bored with their Christmas presents and ask for the next thing they see on television/YouTube.”
Baker appears to be working to instill the same entrepreneurial spirit in her children that she herself has. Ms. Baker is the owner of Kidz Glam Kloset, a mobile children's fashion boutique.
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