How to deal with junior’s unrealistic Christmas list

Dec 5, 2014, 5:50 PM
...

This is the story that YOU wanted to hear us talk about! It received 53 percent of the vote in our Radioactive poll!

Seeing as he’s a mythical character who flies in a sleigh pulled by reindeer and climbs in and out of chimneys to bestow Christmas gifts, it’s no surprise that some kids have unrealistic expectations of Santa Claus.

This Santa character, then, creates some problems for parents, who are left to do his work.

So, what is one to do when your kid believes that Santa can deliver a Toys ‘R Us aisle beneath the Christmas tree in your living room?

The Today show had some suggestions for that Friday.

First, they say, you should shape the expectations younger kids have of Santa. Or, as Today says:

Let them know that Santa carries toys for many, many children all over the world, so they need to keep their list small enough so that Santa can bring gifts to lots of houses and he will choose the best things from their lists.

Second, older kids should learn how to prioritize, they say. Indeed, prioritization is a great life skill to learn; not many of us can have it all. What are the one, two or three things your child wants the most? Teach them to focus on those things.

And lastly, Today says, sharing your child’s list with other family members so that you can pool resources for a bigger gift may not be a bad idea.

Wish lists are good to share with family members who might be happy to chip in together on a single toy that a child is longing for rather than each buying a lot of small gifts. This works well for those big-ticket items that may be the most desired item on a tween’s list.

Mac & Gaydos

(Facebook Photo/Governor Jan Brewer)...
KTAR.com

Former Gov. Brewer calls on Ducey to push forward gun reform legislation

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says Gov. Doug Ducey needs to "drive the train" toward passing gun safety legislation in the state. 
3 years ago
(Screenshot)...
KTAR.com

Man shot in the groin with pepper ball at Trump protest suing Phoenix

The man shot in the groin with a non-lethal weapon by police during a protest outside a 2017 Phoenix appearance by Donald Trump intends to sue the city.
3 years ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
KTAR.com

Hacienda suspect never raised any red flags, former co-worker says

A former Hacienda HealthCare employee had nothing but praise for Nathan Sutherland, who is accused of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month. 
4 years ago
(AP Photo/Matt York)...
KTAR.com

Sheriff Paul Penzone said he’s fired employees for racial profiling

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said he’s had to fire employees for racial profiling, and others have quit while under investigation.
4 years ago
(KTAR Photo/Matt Bertram)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Gov. Ducey hopes Jon Kyl changes mind about short Senate stay

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants U.S. Senate appointee Jon Kyl to remain in office beyond January. “Hopefully he stays for two years,” Ducey told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
4 years ago
(LinkedIn Photo/Mallory Heath)...
KTAR.com

Despite raises, award-winning Arizona teacher doesn’t regret leaving job

Mallory Heath, a former high school teacher in Chandler, said she's not second-guessing her decision to leave Arizona's education system for financial reasons.
4 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
How to deal with junior’s unrealistic Christmas list