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Tips to manage your child's expectations during the holidays


When it comes to Christmas presents, kids want it all and for parents, managing their children's expectations during the holidays can be difficult.

With endless requests for toys, electronics and other big ticket items parents, and even grandparents, are feeling the pressure to make sure "Santa" has all of those presents under the tree on Christmas morning.

"Sometimes you feel like maybe you should get it all, but [then again], they have everything they really need," grandmother Rachel Gallup told Nashville's News 2. "When they see everything on television, they want that, they want that, they want that."

In an effort to control your child's Christmas list, Dr. Joseph Gigante, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, suggests speaking with your kids about realistic expectations.

"You can let them know maybe financially you can't afford everything that's on their list and this is what we can spend, this is what we can get for you," Dr. Gigante told Nashville's News 2.

While it may be hard to say "no" to your kids at Christmas, Dr. Gigante says "no" starts well before the holidays even arrive.

"Let them know that not everything they ask for they're going to get so that will ease the burden come Christmas time," he said.
Dr. Gigante also suggests reminding your children about the spirit of giving, not just receiving.

He said, "Maybe switch things around and say, ‘Well, what can we do for others who maybe aren't as fortunate as we are?'"

Above all, parents should not beat themselves up if they can't get everything on their child's Christmas list.

Dr. Gigante added, "Don't feel like you're obligated or not a good parent if you're not able to provide that for your child."

There are just 11 shopping days left until Christmas.

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