There’s a whole world of great gifts out there that don’t involve cheap fluorescent plastic or annoying beep-beep noises, and I’d like my kids to experience some of that world. If that means no toys on Christmas morning (maybe there will be some small knickknacks in their stockings, but we save those for New Year’s in any case). I don’t think any children will suffer too badly under the burden of a mess of new art supplies, books to read, a wagon to cruise around in, some fun lessons at the local toddler learning center or some bounce time at the open gym. Or maybe they will!
And because I’m so mean, what I want is for my kids to grow up spending a little less time coveting, and a little more time enjoying the holidays in other ways. There’s more to life than Things! Not that there isn’t something delightful in the anticipation of a Christmas morning, and not that there won’t be anticipation (and demands, most likely) even with a Christmas centered somewhere other than on the LEGO aisle at Target.
Honestly, I can see this mom’s point but at the same time, I also think we as parents should allow kids to be kids! Of course, I’m no fan of waking up at the crack of dawn to buy Shopkins Season 4 at my local Toys R Us for my kids, but I know it’s a gift that will put a HUGE smile on their faces and at the end of the day, that’s what counts. And if there’s something that I’ve learned in my own life it’s that the more you put restrictions on children, the more likely they are to rebel against you. It’s the holiday season and everyone needs a little joy and break from their everyday routine in their lives. I’m just not the kind of person to rob my children of their childhood when I know it’s not going to last very long, too.
Thoughts, Hot Moms?