December is often called the happiest time of the year. All the lights and sparkly things flash before our eyes. No one notices those things more than our kids, as retailers market all their fun things to them, creating many conversations around the items they feel they must have.
As these discussions are happening, the opportunity arises to discuss how to deal with disappointment. Disappointment is one of those life skills we don't like to experience, yet we all face addressing it in our lives. Taking the time to share about hoping for something that doesn't happen is important to help our children understand. Knowing they will have to face this difficult experience at some point doesn't mean all is destroyed. Preparing kids to deal with disappointment will make a big difference when faced with it again.
In our culture, projects, situations, and gifts may not be attainable, yet young children can only sometimes distinguish advertisements from reality. These situations allow you to talk with your kids about your family and focus on the wonderful things your family will be doing during the holidays. No parents want to disappoint their kids, but reality says some gifts are just not in the budget. Having those conversations is the opportunity to guide our children toward managing these situations and dealing with disappointment.
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