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Would your child benefit from fewer presents this Christmas?

Posted on 24 November 2017

As a parent, it’s easy to fall into the trap of spoiling your kids with lots of gifts, especially at Christmas.

They may enjoy it at the time, but it isn’t long before they become greedy and start to expect presents rather than appreciate them. It’s a natural reaction to want to please your children, but the negative effects can outweigh the positive if there’s no limit to what they’re allowed to play with. Children can become ungrateful when they have too many toys, which can affect their behaviour as they grow up.

Fewer presents can spark creativity

There are so many toys on the market that it’s no surprise it’s impossible to choose between them. However, too many toys at home can inhibit your child’s ability to develop imagination; hours of fun can be spent with friends, acting out their favourite films or building a den in the garden. Being creative is a great attribute that children can use in the future and may even spark an interest for a particular hobby such as art or drama.

There can be long term benefits

There are other effects that have been shown to benefit children in the long term. These include; having a longer attention span, establishing social skills quicker, taking greater care of things and becoming more resourceful.

Taking the strain off the cost of Christmas

Fewer presents don’t just improve your child’s idea of gift giving, but also take the strain off parents with low incomes and tight budgets.

How much is too much?

There are some parents who have been branded extreme on social media. There’s one mum who has bought over 300 presents for her children this Christmas.