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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 10:29am

For your kids do you make sure to spend the same amount of money and get the same amount of gifts?

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Registered: 06-16-2010
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:00am

My kids are still young so for the moment we don't have to worry about spending the same amount, but my older one is at the age where the number of gifts per kid is noticed. Plus at their ages (7 and 2, but that will change so don't quote me, lol) it's all about Opening Presents--not so much what is inside. We get a lot of inexpensive things just so they have a lot to open. As they get older we'll spend the same amount but not worry so much about the same number of gifts.

Kevali


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Registered: 06-16-2010
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:01am
I think that's when a trip to the Dollar Tree would be in order. Maybe send your husband so he will STFU about it. ;-)

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:01am
My middle child has it too, lol. He has an older brother and sister, and a younger brother and sister. WE've worked really hard at making his *position* in the family a special spot...but he complains often, b/c the big kids get this or that and he "never does"....never mind that they are four and five years older than he is.
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Registered: 10-22-2009
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:03am
I do this too with santa...they all get the same type of thing from santa.
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Registered: 10-22-2009
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:08am
LOL... thats what i told dh... "your on your own"

My 14 yr old does not want junk....to equal same amount, he has made that very clear. As for 12 year old...im not so sure. He get maddening at times...he will be getting his cell phone this year and its nicer than his older brothers so as bad as this sounds that should make his day! ;)
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:12am

how much bigger are the biger gifts your oldests are getting?

 

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Registered: 03-29-1999
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:12am
I think that 12 & 14 are old enough to understand budget and expense. My kids are 11 & 14 and they know that if they want something expensive, that's all they'll get.

With that being said, I tend to stay close in money and number/type of gifts. Having two girls that are similar in taste and fairly close in age makes that easier. Ea: they'll both get Wii games, both get pjs, both get an article of clothing. Each thing might be different based on personality, but in the same genre.

With boys & girls or being more spread out in age, it might be more difficult.
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:13am
I would say that at 12 & 14 years old, the kids would realize that their gifts are far more expensive than the younger kids'. Iw ouldn't fret too much about it.
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:14am

Never thought about spending an equal amount of money.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:15am
this is such a relief, to know you undertand where iam comming from. We work really hard on this too but it gets exahusting at times and he tries really hard to minipulate the situation now that he is older...it does not work for him.

my mother always sides with him< not like it is a fight> but oh poor E blah blah blah...I know if i feed into this im gonna have problems on my hand as he grows older and he will also when he becomes a adult. He is my one that thinks at times the world revolves around him.

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