But Dad, I Want It!
It's a common phrase during the holidays...you may even be hearing adults say it! Here are some tips for having holly, jolly holidays that aren't so wrapped up in "stuff."Encourage Giving.
Have your children start giving gifts to siblings, friends, and family members at an early age so they understand how joyful it is to give a meaningful gift.Take The Focus Off Gifts.
Get your kids excited about activities and family traditions you can share - baking cookies, building a snowman, decorating the house. Need some ideas for creating traditions? See last week's Dad Email!
Get To The Reason for the Season. Be very purposeful about how you communicate about the holidays to your kids. Explain why you are celebrating the holidays.
Even if there is no religious reason, you can focus on giving, generosity, and caring for others. Serving together as a family is also a great way to give your kids perspective and a feel for giving. Limit Gifts
. Buy only a certain amount of gifts per family member, and let your kids know they will only receive a certain number of gifts. If you can, start this early. Have Realistic Expectations
. Stop trying to have a "perfect" holiday. Kids spell love T-I-M-E. Let them know that time spent with them is one of the best gifts you could get.