It’s really important to me to not spoil my 3 year old on holidays….
but it’s hard to keep from doing it! When I was growing up, I got one “big” gift, a small gift, and a stocking – which usually consisted of an orange, a pencil and an ornament. That’s a decent Christmas, and I never felt slighted.
Nowadays, I know people who spend $1,000 per child at Christmas – and that doesn’t even include what everyone else in the family gives to them. I have these horrible images of my son sitting around a massive pile of gifts and then saying “is this IT???!!” Man, I don’t want that to happen…I want him to know the true meaning of giving, not the excesses of gluttony.
With that said, I’ve got to say – it’s so hard not to spoil him. He’s my only child and I love to give him presents. Just when I’ve decided he has plenty from Mom, Dad and Santa, I’ll see something else in a store that he’d probably love – then I stand there and debate on whether to buy it. It’s a sickness I tell ya!
What are your limits to keep from spoiling your kids, or do you have any?