Life Tip #18

You can’t buy your kid love and happiness.

On a morning news program several years ago, on December 26th, there was a news segment entitled “Getting through the Holidays” that had been running for several weeks. On this particular day, the newscaster and a guest were discussing the problem of entertaining your kids during the holiday break. The guest actually said, “Now that it’s one or two days after Christmas, and the kids are already bored with their new toys, here are some fun ideas to keep them busy and happy, to get them through until school starts back.”

I’ll just leave that there for you to ponder.

The Life Tip here is to NOT raise our children such that this would even be a scenario in our households. If our kids are bored with their Christmas toys one day after Christmas, then we obviously are doing this parenting thing wrong. If our kids are bored with their Christmas toys one day later, then it probably means that we buy them whatever they want every time they ask, not just on special occasions.

We must stop doing that! Raising our children in this way just sets them up for an unreasonable life of unreasonable expectations.

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“That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been about! Gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts! You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me, in your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your garbage! I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice…the avarice never ends! ‘I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue!’” ~ Jim Carrey as the Grinch, in How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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