The latest in golddigger demands? A push present:
A Bundle of Joy Isn’t Enough?
This bonus goes by various names. Some call it the “baby mama gift.” Others refer to it as the “baby bauble.’ But it’s most popularly known as the “push present.”
That’s “push” as in, “I the mother, having been through the wringer and pushed out this blessed event, hereby claim my reward.” Or “push” as in, “I’ve delivered something special and now I’m pushing you, my husband/boyfriend, to follow suit.”
How very mercenary.
I’m not alone in thinking this is mercenary:
The popularity of push presents has generated a backlash among some couples, who decry the implicit materialism.
“This isn’t the time to give a $200 piece of jewelry,” said Rhonda Grote, president of ThinkThoughtful.com, an online gift consulting company in Bradenton, Fla. “I do not think that because a woman has had a baby she requires a Tiffany & Company item. She requires help, love and emotional support.”
Ms. Grote suggested that new fathers should instead consider performing domestic chores, hiring a cleaning service, or otherwise provide extra assistance for the new mother.
For the record, when our son was born The Husband showed up with flowers at the hospital, and helped around the house once we were home. I also hired a cleaning lady.
I do not exaggerate when I say the most wonderful gift of all is our son.
Update, Sunday 9 December:
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