Talk to your kids about what to do when they receive a present they dislike. Be honest that every gift you get may not be your favorite. However, it’s important to be thankful for people being generous.
Tip of the Day December 8
As much as possible, continue traditions started when your children were younger. Though they are growing and changing, it’s important for them to trust that there is continuity and consistency in life.
Ask significant adults in your children’s lives to give gifts of time or activities (such as a trip to a park, an afternoon of baking, or a visit to a museum), rather than material goods.
Tip of the Day December 5
Develop a holiday library with books about your traditions as well as those of others. Talk about the things you celebrate and why they are important in your family.
Tip of the Day December 4
Include your children when you spend time with your friends.
Tip of the Day December 3
Ask holiday party invitees to bring food to donate to a shelter. This will be a great way to show your children that the holiday season is also about helping others, not just about going to parties and getting presents.
Tip of the Day December 2
Sending out holiday cards? Put your kids in charge of the family update. Whether that means jotting down greetings inside each card or writing a letter to be printed or copied, your kids can share family highlights from the past year in their own words.
Tip of the Day December 1
Talk about the wonders of life with your kids. If your child enjoys a video game, a certain musical instrument, or playing a certain sport, talk about how great it is that someone invented it.
Tip of the Day November 30
Whenever your child notices that someone is upset and wants to help, encourage him or her to act on that impulse. Afterward, talk about how pleased you are with your child for caring.