Apparently, our son is starving to death at college.
He isn't weak enough to slow down on his Facebook posting (according to all the people I know who still partake in the ridiculousness of a.)Facebook and b.) being friends with my son on said Facebook.
We bought him a meal plan at the beginning of school, which we just guessed at because who really knows how often he is going to get to the cafeteria (do they call it that?) and how much he is going to eat and if he will even get up in time to eat breakfast.
He was able to use the card at the on campus store to buy junk food (for a higher price than driving to the grocery store) which is where things went downhill so he burned through his meal plan.
He also has a debit card that we deposit money into every Friday with plenty for extras. (we thought) and I sent him a generous McDonalds gift card last week for a treat.
Last night he called his dad and told him he hadn't eaten all day and his meal plan had run out and he was out of cash.
I was very upset at first until I realized that he brought this on himself.
He was careless and irresponsible and had to go hungry in return.
He waited until the last minute to mention it.
I was really more angry than upset because he should have at least some snacks in his room (I sent a box last week with the gift card)
And he has friends who have money to loan him (he loans money as well)
I am over it now.
His money was automatically deposited at midnight and my husband got him a meal card to use these last 2 weeks of school.
Is starving one day going to help him learn to be responsible? Doubtful.
Do we, as parents, want our kids to be well fed and clothed and always comfortable and safe and happy?
Of course we do but in doing this, I fear we are creating a monster, so to speak.
My sister told him Facebook, when he was whining to the entire internet, to "pretend it is a religious fast"
Leave it to Mel to make me laugh when I am feeling crappy.