Limits Make Your Christmas Happier
- They create financial peace of mind.
- They curb materialism in yourself and your children.
- They create a bit of breathing space amid the bustle and busyness.
- They force you to choose from among myriad possibilities with thought and care, and choosing helps you focus on what means most to you.
We don't do our children any favors by over-indulgence. How difficult will life be if they always expect to have their own way and get everything they want when they want it? What will the world be like if everyone feels that kind of entitlement?
1. "Because I love him."Of course you do. I totally get that. But giving gifts is only one way to show love, and it may not be the most effective.
- Turn off your computer and your phone and spend uninterrupted time with him.
- Take time to teach him how to cook or garden, or anything else you're good at.
- Ask him about his hopes and dreams, and listen when he tells you.
- Look him in the eye and tell him why you love him.
- Do something with him that he enjoys, whether that means listening to his music, watching the movie he chooses, or playing in the park even when it's cold outside.
2. "Because I want to make memories."
3. "Because I want to be a cool parent so he'll like me."
4. "Because everyone else I know bought X for their kids."
5. "Because it's Christmas, and I want it to be special."