Raising kids is definitely a challenge. It’s FULL of questions and it’s always changing. Just when you think you have something about your kids figured out, or how best to handle a certain situation…BAM! It changes. It’s hard to stay calm and patient and teach your kids everything you’re supposed to be teaching them. Trust me, I have 3 kids I totally get it.
Christmas presents an opportunity to teach a lot of different things – a lot of which you don’t realize until you are faced with them. Like one year when my middle son was 4. We were staying at my in-laws Christmas Eve and Christmas Day…so they had been up super early, went through all of the excitement of Santa and presents…and my father in law wanted to wait until all of the guests arrived to give my kids their gifts. They waited eagerly all day and when the time finally came it was after supper. (Remember, it was Christmas Day so they’d been up since around 5am.)
Their Papa finally handed the kids their gifts. They were great books – one got a hard cover Robert Munsch Collection, and my 4 year old at the time got a great collection of Clifford stories. This was NOT what he had in mind. He lost it. Screaming, crying, he told my father in law to take it back, he wanted a toy instead, the whole deal. My oldest is two years older and keeps to himself much more, so I hadn’t thought to have a conversation about always being grateful and polite, and that it’s the thought that counts. I felt terrible. He felt terrible once he calmed down. I’m sure my father in law felt terrible too!
Learning experience. Now, every year I make sure that we always have a talk about how someone put special thought into that gift just for you – and that you don’t need only toys for Christmas and you are so lucky to be surrounded by so many family and friends who love you.
This morning I came across a blog called 25 Things I Want My Kids To Know About Christmas. From practical tips like always buying your wrapping paper on clearance right after Christmas, to more meaningful things like taking time to really listen to people and learn their stories and where they are coming from. One of my favourites: You won’t get everything you want. Be grateful for what you receive!
It’s a great blog…I hope you’ll check it out, it’s well worth the read! And don’t miss my other Holiday related blogs: Yes, I ENJOY Having Our Elf On The Shelf and 6 Things I’m Doing To Enjoy A Less Stressful Holiday Season.