Talk about expectations.
Older children often get caught up in the "gimmes". Everywhere they go they are bombarded with the latest and greatest "must have" items. Setting limits in advance is a good strategy -- let your child know what the limit is and why. Traditionally, Hanukah gifts are limited to one gift a day for eight days. For Christmas, some parents tell their children that they can have three presents -- the same number Jesus received from the Wise Men
Make sure that children have opportunities to enjoy the feeling of giving, not just receiving.
The holidays are many things to many people, but I think we can all agree that they should be about feeling good -- and not much feels better than being able to give to those in need and those we care about. Homemade wrapping paper, gifts, and cards can mean so much to the people who care about your child. Let your children be involved in the spirit of giving by making gifts for those special someones in their lives!
Stay tuned to your child during this blissfully busy time and you are sure to see what he/she needs most. Here's wishing you and your family peace and joy as you gear down and celebrate the Season.
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