We’ve entered an age of “hard to shop for” and I’m at a loss what to do. I love my boys, I really, really do but, their, “I want” and “I need” are getting to be too much and frankly, too pricy. Every day they ask for something new. We have a playroom full of toys they barely play in yet, they still ask for more. I know. My children are spoiled. My husband and I do try not to spoil them unfortunately, (well, really fortunately) we are able to give them a lot. They need for nothing. We try to teach them about charity and giving to others both in our time and monetarily. We think they ‘get it’ because they are just as over the top throwing things in the shopping trolley for our Salvation Army Angel tags and Adopted Family, as they are throwing things into the carriage for themselves. When at the store, they will often pick things up and suggest we buy it for Goodwill or Church. Both are happy with accepting donations in lieu of gifts for their birthdays, even excited about seeing how much their birthdays can raise. But, Santa, giving to charity doesn’t seem to curb their personal wants nor does it seem to make them aware of how much they already have. I am honestly embarrassed by their letters to you. Nothing on their lists is below $50, and most items are significantly more. I’ve had to really rack my brain for gift ideas to hand out to grandparents, aunties, and cousins. I want my boys to like what they get, but I can’t ask someone to spend that much money on my children when they already have more than they need. Please help, Santa, I know that much of this is normal for 8 and 6 year old kids, but I also don’t want it to continue. How do I teach my boys that they don’t really need anything? And teach them to not ask others for too much? In this age of materialism and over the top gifting, how do I raise non-greedy children? So, Santa, a little advice, is all I would like for Christmas, plus some peace on Earth and goodwill towards all men. The basics.
I hope I’m still on your nice list,