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Photo: Nor Gal (Shutterstock) Many years ago, before I was a parent, I became an aunt. And this first niece of mine, around age two, loved a show called Yo Gabba Gabba! that was devoted to music and dancing. Me, being the incredible, fun aunt that I am, bought her this Yo Gabba Gabba! dance mat , which encouraged kids to “boogie down.” I imagined her boogieing down to her heart’s content, smashing up all those little keys with her tiny toddler feet. She was going to love it . It was soon after she opened it and, indeed, loved it, that I began receiving hate texts from my brother: “This is the most annoying toy ever created; just you wait until you have kids of your own,” he threatened. “You better believe you’re getting this back one day.” That was nearly two years before my own son was born, and although he never actually made good on his threat (a choice he tells me he regrets), he did hold it over my head for many years, hinting before each of my son’s birthdays or other gift-giving events that maybe this year was the year that dance mat would find its new home. His point, which I took to heart and abide by to this day, is that it is decidedly Not Cool to gift an obnoxiously loud toy to another person’s child without explicit permission. I was reminded of this recently by Reddit user u/RivetJoint08 , who is […]