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Do Kids Still Appreciate Gifts?


Ah…an unexpected consequence of social media is that now we all know, within minutes, what our teens think of anything that happens in their life. This week it was the response to their holiday gifts.

When did it change that presents offered were no longer seen as gifts but items requested and expected? When did parents stop teaching children to be grateful and allow them to instead place demands on us? Has society changed so much? Is this a generational problem or is it just that our teens now feel free to express themselves to the public in ways that might not have been acceptable in the past?

Watch this clip and let me know what you think. Call me old fashioned but if one of my kids wrote (or said) something with such a lack of appreciation those presents would find themselves back at the store and my credit card reimbursed.

PS The model above posed for this photo and has never been unappreciative of any gift…well, except for the tin of sardines that always showed up in her travel bag.

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One comment

  1. It wouldn’t hurt if parents would learn to say “NO” now & then & stop giving in to whines of..”but everyone else has…” Might be a good idea if Mom & Dad didn’t try so hard to keep up with the Joneses & impress the other parents…When asking What a child wants is a great time of letting them know that’s not an automatic & ultimately it’s your decision. The best thing I got this year came in the mail, a note from my 8yr old great grandson thanking me for his Christmas present…I am delighfully old fashioned