The holidays are not just fun and cheers, sparkles and songs. For a lot of parents it's a lot of pressure to do the right thing for their children. Whether we can or cannot afford the toys they want, we have a lot of feelings that might be associated with gift giving. There are different philosophies about how to parent during the holidays. Some people are all about wrapping lots of little gifts, others have as many presents as the age of their kids, others yet might go the other way, with one gift per child. Financial constraints or not, guilt often plays a big factor in theses decisions.
Are there ways to lessen the guilt, while at the same time teaching our children to be themselves and not necessarily depend on advertisement?
Do you have rules, traditions, or just comments on how to make gift giving work for everyone?
• Jane Nelsen (who wrote "Positive Discipline") has interesting insights on the opportunity for effective parenting during the holiday season.
• Jeannette Kaplun writes about teaching kids to give back.
• WebMD also has thoughts on the subject, reminding us to model what we want to see in our kids.