Kids Refused to Go on Day Trip With Them, So Australian Parents Took Modem Instead

Cassie and Chris Langan asked their teens if they wanted to do something as a family, and surely, we can all relate to the ensuing frustration. But Cassie took her agitation one step further and posted on Facebook. Her post has since gone viral.

Here’s the post:

We asked our kids if they would like to go on a day trip to Warrnambool today and were met with the response ‘that’s so boring, I don’t want to go’. Chris and I decided that instead of taking three unappreciative kids out, we let the ones who didn’t want to go stay home and took our most over worked family member for a well-deserved day out…our modem. Modem had a fantastic day not being used by the kids and it was lovely not to listen to constant bickering. The only complaining was Evan (our son) being mortified that we took our modem out in public.

We asked our kids if they would like to go on a day trip to Warrnambool today and were met with the response 'that's so…

Posted by Cassie Langan on Sunday, January 12, 2020

The post clearly struck a chord as to date it has been shared nearly seventy thousand times. Grown and Flown reached out to Cassie to see if we could fill in some of the gaps in the story.

Here is what she told us;

My husband is a truck driver and is only home on weekends, my daughter works weekends and I work in retail, so I often work weekends too. It’s not often that we are all home at the same time, so Chris (my husband) and I thought we’d take the kids on a day trip to Warrnambool to go to the model train show that was on there, as hubby and the boys love trains.

Our 17-year-old daughter refused to go, and our 10-year-old son had a tantrum listing all the reasons why it was unfair that we were making him go. Our 13-year-old son was the only one who reluctantly agreed to go.

In the end, we told the kids that if they weren’t going to go, we’d take the modem instead and they said ok. When we got home our 17-year-old said she was so bored that she actually cleaned her room and spent time with her younger brother.

When I showed my 10-year-old the photos he said that ‘it’s not fair, you hate me and love the modem more,’ and stormed off to his room.

As to why Cassie went public:

The reason I made the post public is that there is so much on social media at the moment about politics, bushfires, drought and people having a hard time in general that I thought if my post brightened one person’s day, it would be worth it. I am absolutely blown away by how many times it has been shared and the number of people to whom it made a difference to their day. As for my kids after the post went viral….they finally see the funny side.

Well it appears that her kids are not the only ones who see the funny side-thanks for brightening our day.

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About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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