Grandparents and Gifts
The holidays are almost here and gifts will be pouring in from relatives to your children especially well meaning grandparents. It can quickly get overwhelming for you as parents and your kids. This is not a good feeling.
What if anything do you do to control the amount and type of gifts your kids receive at Christmas and Hanukah?
Let’s assume that most grandparents are well meaning even though you may think that sometimes they have lost their minds when it comes to gift giving.
If it is not too late, try to have a conversation with them about what your children would like for gifts and what actually might be some really great gifts. This is not always a comfortable conversation to have but if you sandwich your points between two positive comments, it can soften the discussion. You might begin a conversation by telling them how helpful they have been recently, being specific and then swing into the gift topic.
Always end discussions like this with another positive thought as it leaves the conversation with an upbeat feeling instead of a decree about how you are raising your children and what grandparents can and cannot give them as gifts. To me, it is a blessing to have a grandchild.
My motto here, is to be kind as you never know what kind of day your family members are dealing with…we all have our difficulties to negotiate each day.