Hmmm I'm really very disturbed by all the threads about the terrible behaviour of kids at Christmas time. Especially regarding the selfish uncaringness and greed about presents etc. I've been wondering what I can do to prevent this happening with DS in the future (he's 14 months now).
Does anyone have any ideas?
The strategies I have come up with so far:
1) Every Christmas DS can round up a boxful of toys he doesn't play with anymore to give to "poor kids" (charity) so they can have a nice Christmas too.
2) Try to get him really involved with the gift GIVING e.g. pick out pressies and wrap them.
3) Don't get too many pressies for him - I feel maybe a lot of the problem comes from kids getting mountains of pressies at Christmas, the specialness of each pressie is diminished cause it's all about what's coming next, and the total tally etc. This Christmas we intended just to get him a sandpit and a few stocking stuffers from Santa but with all the family pressies (), it really added up. Will try to be more strict about this in future years.
4) Also, I remember as a child Mum giving me a lecture about not being selfish if I wasn't thankful for a pressie and explaining I need to say thankyou and appreciate the gifts even if I don't like it very much (this came after getting a Bible as a present hahaha). So I may need to employ more obvious tactics to explain about correct behaviour also.
Any other ideas or thoughts? What do you do?