A mother has been defended after putting her foot down when it comes to her son and his raffle prizes.

In a recent Reddit publish shared with the popular “Am I the idiot?” subreddit, the mother explained that she has two sons, a 16-year-old named Robbie and an eight-year-old named Cameron. While the family attended an awards banquet for Robbie's sports team, there was a raffle and she gave each of her children a roll of tickets.

According to the Reddit user, Cameron only really wanted a Lego kit and a remote control car, so almost all of his tickets were split between the two items.

The mother explained that there was another boy at the banquet, younger than Cameron and who always claimed he would win the car. “Everyone just smiled and said 'we'll see!'” she wrote in her post.

When it came time to announce the winners of the draw, Cameron ended up winning both items. “When the other boy's parents explained to their son that he didn't win, he threw a huge tantrum, screaming and crying. His father had to carry him because he was causing a bit of a nuisance,” the post continued.

Other families sitting near them suggested to Cameron that he give his remote-controlled car to the other boy, a suggestion he declined.

“They came to me looking for reinforcements and I said it was his choice. I changed the subject. The little boy came back. He passed by our table a few times but didn't say anything. I just looked at the car, and thought everything was fine,” the mother wrote in her post.

According to the mother, more parents came to her and claimed that Cameron should have given up the car, using the excuse that he had already won something. She explained to them that “this is how sweepstakes work” and that it should be seen as a lesson for children that they will not always win because events like sweepstakes are based on luck.

“Remember, I have never heard of this child’s parents. I know the mother in passing, as our older children have been out a few times, but not very well”, added the mother.

“My husband wonders if we should have just encouraged Cameron to donate it,” the post concluded before asking commenters what they thought.

After the post, many people took advantage of the comments to warn the mother that she did the right thing by not giving in to the boy's tantrum.

“A child throwing a tantrum over something that isn’t going their way is not your problem to solve,” one comment began. “It is absolutely ridiculous that other families would make such a comment. You should have told them that they can buy something for the child if they wanted to express their opinion on it. Your son was lucky, it wouldn't make sense to punish him for it. If your child threw a tantrum, would you expect others to give you things because of it?”

Another commenter agreed, writing, “Forcing your kid to give up a prize he won fair and square just because some other kid was throwing a fit over it would only have taught him that he can't have his stuff if someone someone else wants them very much.

“Defending your son was the right move.”

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