@Clairdelune - We also had a mishap with our new three season tent recently. Our family hadn't done any camping before. Then our two elementary age sons went camping with the neighbors and started pestering us to take them camping.
We finally said OK and started planning. We had to research a lot and get information from the neighbors. After shopping, we had everything we needed, including a great three season tent.
The first day, we had a great time - hiking, fishing, and sitting around the campfire making s'mores.
Set up of the tent went smoothly. I read the directions and dad and the boys put up the tent. We were all tucked in for the night when the poles just started to lean and the tent folded. Of course, the boys howled and thought it was hilarious.
Either I didn't read the directions carefully enough or we had some sloppy assemblers. Anyway, the next time we took it slower and things were fine.
I guess you have to have a good sense of humor to be a camper!