I Want: How Do You Handle Holiday Wishes?

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It's not even Halloween and I've already heard the words. What words? "I want." As in, I want THAT. I want THIS. I want THOSE. Of course, it doesn't help that it seems the mailman is already bringing catalogs filled with "holiday cheer." Filled with the latest gizmos and gadgets, my child is already eyeing her wishes for this holiday season.

Are you ready to take on the upcoming holiday season? Truthfully, I don't even want to face it. Our playroom is still filled to the brim with last year's "joy." Really, what could this child possibly want?

When it comes to birthdays and other holiday fun, how much is enough? What strategies will you use this season when shopping for gifts for your child and other family and friends?

The bigger question is how do we teach our children about the things that really matter? You know, things like FAMILYTIME TOGETHER, and enjoying the TRADITIONS of the seasons. After all, THESE are the things that will really impact her development. Family, time together, and traditions trump the newest electronic gadget any day.

As I'm getting ready for this week's sugar extravaganza, it's already making me cringe about the holidays that follow. My strategy? I'm thinking one word: SIMPLIFY. Okay, two words: SIMPLIFY and BUDGET.

It's not just about buying less, it is also about slowing things down. It's about finding simple items our family can make together (cookies!) to share with family and friends. It's about identifying the true "wants" of my child and avoiding the other junk.

Have you heard the words "I want?" come from your little one's mouth? How do you handle their everyday requests and how will you handle this year's holiday season?

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I Want: How Do You Handle Holiday Wishes?

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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3 comments

  1. yes sometimes is hard to buy stuff for family =D

  2. emi285 says:

    I take suggestions from my oldest two (they are getting harder to buy for) but they all know they will be getting something special. We do one big gift, a few small things, and try to focus on family time/traditions (making Santa’s cookies, wrapping presents together, watching the holiday specials while drinking cocoa).

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