Yesterday we blogged about how to say “no” to avoid overextending yourself. Today we have tips about how to say no to the latest gadget and still have a happy holiday.
Offer an alternative.
Children are a little more likely to agree to something if they can see a valuable alternative. If they are not allowed an ipad an alternative could be to offer games that can be played together or as a team.
Collaborate with family members
Talk to other family members and make sure they don’t buy your children gifts you have said no to. It is good practice for family members to show a united front, so children can expect consistency.
By contrast, talk with other family members so they do buy them the gift and you don’t have to say no!
Most importantly, whatever you say you are going to do, make sure that you follow through with it. If you say you will get your child a gift, do it, if you say you are not going to get a particular gift, do not get them the gift. If you are not committed to what you have said, children will learn that your word may not always be true. This can be detrimental to them, and to you in the future!!