When you have kids, the holidays are filled with a lot of “I wants” and “Can I please haves?” that can be hard to say no to. Stay strong mom and dad! You don’t need to give in to every desire, nor should you. Depending on the age of your child, explaining the difference between wants and needs may be difficult. If your child is too young to understand the difference, there are things you can do to make sure they understand the true meaning of the season so they don’t end up being on Santa’s spoiled list.
Whether it’s a day at a painting class, or a day trip to an animated show or a fun activity, giving them experiences over gifts not only eliminates the chance that they’ll end up spoiled, but they also make great family memories that certainly won’t end up in the back of the closet.
This way there’s a better chance they can actually receive it.
Try to really think what your child will gain from whatever you’re thinking of buying. Will it provide instant gratification? Most likely. Will it get big screams and smiles? Definitely. Will it change their life for the worse if they don’t receive it? Absolutely not. This is not to say you can’t buy gifts, but maybe it’s a case of “everything in moderation” and not “the sky’s the limit”.
If you can teach your child at a young age that there’s more to life than materialistic items, they’ll be better for it as they get older. Although they may not love it in the moment, they will appreciate the lesson and you as they get older.