We have all had this moment:

Your child is given a present. This could be from a friend, relative, a neighbor – it doesn’t matter. The point is, your child’s reaction to receiving the present has mortified you in some way. You are convinced that the gift giver now thinks you are a bad parent, and that you have an ungrateful child.

Have you found yourself browsing the local SPCA website a lot lately? Have your kids been promising the moon (or better yet, to clean their rooms) if only you’d let them have a puppy? Do you really miss the dog you grew up with, and want your children to have the same experience?