7 New gift-giving rules
Do you remember when your birthday present was a simple dress, your favorite record, or a few Matchbox Cars if you were lucky? I'm not sure how and why things have changed over the last 30 years but it's now stressing me out and frankly pissing me off.
Now it seems that a birthday present isn't a real present anymore if it isn't some new gaming system, something that begins with an ‘i' or maybe a trip to Paris. Do kids want for anything anymore? Do kids even wait for anything anymore?
It slapped me in the face again today as my typically very sweet 9-year-old came home to ask me why I keep saying ‘no' to an iPad for her when her 8-year-old friend just got one for her birthday.
So parents-I beg of you, just stop the madness!
I made a list of gifts that are no longer acceptable for kids ages 6-11 just to get all of us back on the same ‘proper gift giving' page. And also to make me not hate you and talk about you behind your back.
1. Anything that begins with an ‘i.' No child really needs an ‘i' item. Instead they have that tree to climb, that swing set, that friend to play with across the street.
2. A phone. The only time my 9-year-old really isn't around me is when she is at school. Who does she need to call? Oh, your 8 year old with the phone because why?
3. Trips to Disney World or Europe. Camping at the State Park 45 minutes from our home or a stay at the Days Inn in Iowa can be a fabulous family vacation.
4. An American Girl Doll. Now I know she is only $100 but then you have to buy the bed and the clothing and her horse and now you've spent $1000 on a doll that doesn't get played with and that doll has a nicer bed than you do.
5. A Guinea pig. Now, I know this isn't an extravagant gift...but still. One look and snuggle with that cute wittle wuzzy fuzzy thing, she is going to want one and her wittle heart will break without it! Stop with the live animals!
6. Nooks, Kindles, and the like. I like to go to this place called the library and borrow books-made of paper. I know...how 2010...but I find that a tween can still appreciate knowing what a real book is. They can tell their grandkids about them someday.
7. A TV in their own room. Now, I love me some Reality TV, but I think a child needs to grow-up in a home with one shared TV and be forced to watch 60 Minutes.