How to handle a child who’s disappointed on Christmas morning
There is nothing that takes the joy out of the holiday season faster than the credit card bills in January. Overspending can be especially difficult when family finances are tight, and we may want to remind our kids that everything on a wish list may not come true as Alyson Schafer, author of Honey, I Wrecked The Kids explains. “The first thing to do is remind the child that it’s actually called a wish list, so understand that these are the things you’re fantasizing about and this is the biggest dream that you could have and hopefully some of it might come true. And if they wake up and they’re disappointed, I think we have to honour it. Every emotion deserves to be validated with “I’m sorry you’re disappointed. Oh, it didn’t turn out the way that you wanted it to.” But after that do not pity or feel guilt. You are the leader of the family, you’re making economic decisions, you know best what you can manage and we have to trust that kids can handle the shifting realities.”
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