Unspoil Your Child
STEP 7: Indulge in nonmaterial joys. continued...
Get Grandma on Your Team
Your children know that all they have to do is bat their eyes at your mom and
that talking Elmo doll is theirs. How to get your parents with the program:
One mother of two in Minneapolis told REDBOOK she had present overload
after the holidays last year. "We donated the extra toys to charity, but
this year I'm asking the grandparents to buy just three gifts per child: one
outfit, one toy, and one book."
"Ask your parents to be moderate in their gifts. If they would like to
make additional contributions, ask them to consider starting a fund or a trust
for your child," says Ehrensaft.
REQUEST THE GIFT OF TIME
Encourage your parents to spend the day with the kids at the botanical
garden or baking cookies together, instead of buying them a giant dollhouse or
stuffed animal. "Love is spelled T-I-M-E," says Samalin. "Remind
your parents that your children love them, and not just things they give
Originally published on October 9, 2008
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