Parent given $132,000 bill after child breaks statue

Weddings can be expensive but this one proved more expensive than most for one parent who was faced with a $132,000 bill after her five-year-old child accidentally knocked over a statue.

Sarah Goodman talks to This Morning about the incident and her determination not to pay the extortionate bill they were sent after the accident happened at the wedding reception, to which children were invited.

The statue was part of a temporary art display at the event venue – a community centre. This particular statue wasn’t in a glass case or roped off, despite its high value and the fact it sat at a height of over six feet tall, leaving the priceless art accessible to children.

Watch the full video below.

Would you ever not invite children to a wedding?

The decision not to invite children to a wedding is often controversial and can cause upset as children have to be left behind with babysitters or relatives. But other parents relish the opportunity to enjoy a few childfree hours! Unsure how to react to a no-children wedding invite? Chat with others in our Mum SOS support group.

Are you facing an unexpected bill you can’t pay?

Unexpected bills, or expenses that haven’t been budgeted for, can be extremely stressful, especially at a time when many family have to keep a close eye on their spending. If you have concerns about money, bills or debt, we’ve got a dedicated Support Group where help is available from parents in the same situation and our Channel Mum experts.

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Is it OK to call a child gorgeous?

In this clip from Loose Women, the panel discuss whether it is wrong to call a child ‘gorgeous’. This follows an incident where a father complained when a stranger complimented his daughter. The father’s response was that it ruins children by calling them gorgeous.

The panel discuss whether calling a child gorgeous is a compliment or an insult to their personality, as the term ‘gorgeous’ is drawing attention to the child’s looks rather than the compliment focusing on how smart they are. They argue this is something we seem to do with girls rather than boys. We tend to comment on a girl’s looks rather than telling them they are brave or strong.

The panel discuss whether in fact damage can be done either way and question whether not commenting on a child’s looks can give them a negative message and leave them wondering whether they are attractive or not. If you are never told you look nice, will you ever think you do? A Channel Mum member recently shared a similar incident happening to her daughter, read more here.

Watch the full Loose Women video below:

Do compliments affect confidence and self-esteem?

Both adults and children can react differently to receiving, or not receiving, compliments. For parents it can be hard to know what the right balance is and exactly how this can affect confidence and self-esteem. We may naturally refer to daughters as beautiful and sons as strong. Some children are more sensitive to compliments and remarks than others. If you have concerns about your child, please do seek support and advice from our experts in our Support Groups.

How do you feel about getting compliments?

Adults too can feel uncomfortable about receiving complements and not know how to respond. Whereas others find complements reassuring and a boost to self-esteem. A lot of it can depend how we feel about ourselves and how comfortable we are in our own skin. We have a mental health course if you have areas of your mental health you want to work on, plus lots of inspiring videos on body positivity.

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Ultimate World Cup Guide For Newbies – Channel Mum

The World Cup is coming to a screen near you, and we can bet that you’ll know at least one person who will be glued to their TVs for the four weeks that it’s on. If you are a newbie who has not yet caught the footie fever, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. Not to worry, we’ve got the Ultimate World Cup Guide right here that will teach you everything you need to know, brought to you by our very own WAG Kerry!

Need more activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer? Check out our Summer videos – you’ll never run out of ideas again! https://www.channelmum.com/parenting/summer/

When Does The World Cup Start?

The World Cup this year begins on the 14th June and last for four weeks. For everything else you need to know, be sure to watch the full video.

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Is it wrong to want an only child?

In this clip from This Morning, Ruth and Eamonn are joined by two mums with very different views on family size, to discuss whether choosing to have an only child is wrong.

Mum of one Samantha Lenihan, described as the epitome of family planning, was sterilised at the age of 30. Tara Howard has four children and believes that having only one child is unfair. She believes it’s selfish not to give an only child a sibling arguing that the bond they will have throughout their lives can’t be replaced.

They also discuss the expense of childcare costs for big families compared to those with a single child, the support siblings can give each other and whether having more than one child means having the share between your children.Have these issues impacted your own decisions on the amount of children you are having? You can share your reasons you have the number of children you do with other mums here.

See the full discussion in the video below:

Do you need support on your parenting journey?

Here at Channel Mum we support all mums regardless of how many children you have. So whether you have decided to have one child or lots of children, we’ll support you on every step of the journey, whichever route you choose to take. Please do chat to experts in our Support Groups for help, information and advice.

Is family planning something you’re thinking about?

We’ve got lots of videos and advice on trying for a baby, and information on contraception if you’re not.

Not sure what family size is right for you? Wondering if only-child syndrome really exists? Chat to experts and parents in a similar position over in our Support Groups.

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