Last week we posted about an online study that focused on parents who admitted to spoiling their kids over the holidays. This week we chose a much different topic: Jimmy Kimmel’s challenge to the parents of America to punk their kids by wrapping up something they knew their kids would hate (everything from a rotten banana to a half-eaten sandwich) and then videotaping their reactions when they opened their “gifts.”
For sure, the looks on these kids’ faces is priceless and it’s hard not to laugh. But is this funny, mean – or both? Would you punk your kid with a gag holiday gift and post a videotape of their reaction online?
The story of Isaiah Vaughn, a deaf 5 year old from Charlotte, and his mother is an inspiration. A few days after Thanksgiving Isaiah’s mother drove him to a special school for deaf children in hopes of getting him the type of education he needs. Isaiah didn’t understand why he was leaving, which must have been a heart breaking event for his mother. He now sees her on the weekends, but she wants to relieve his fears on Christmas with what he really wants: a bike. His mother is a warehouse worker and does not have much money left after the cost of Isaiah’s school, but thankfully the Salvation Army is helping her out this year. She says “I want him to wake up that morning and find all those gifts under the tree just like all those years before. And he’ll know: ‘Mama didn’t forget about me’.” Makes you want to go hug them both!
Read the article by Mark Price here
Are most moms guilty of going overboard when it comes to fulfilling their kids’ holiday wish lists? According to a recent online survey, 60% of participating parents claimed that their kids are more spoiled than they were as kids. Even though we are in the midst of an economic downturn, many moms reported that they still find it hard to say no to their kids. But the majority of parents also claimed to draw a line, as 98% percent of those surveyed said they would implement some sort of corrective action if their child seemed “ungrateful” for what he or she had been given. Read more on TODAY Moms here.
Do you spoil your kids during the holidays?
The holiday season is all about creativity, joy, and giving. So why not experience all three and spend some time baking tasty cookies with your kids? There’s nothing better than watching your kids‘ confidence grow as they learn to create something wonderful from scratch – especially delicious cookies they’ll both enjoy themselves and sharing with friends. Here are some helpful tips from ParentingSquad.com to consider before setting out on your baking adventure.
Every kid is amazing in her or his own way, but child prodigies are just awe-inspiring. It’s amazing that kids can play chess at all when they’re only 8 years old — but then to win a World Youth Chess Championship?!
Our kids often learn by the example we set for them. And now that the season for giving
is here, check out Monday Moms: Kids Giving Back by Sarah Walls of FOX1010 News
for some great tips on how to teach your kids to give back:
“This is such a special time of year! It really can be magical for our little ones with Santa,
gifts, family, friends and all of that wonderful food. With all of that, this is also a great
teaching time for our kids about giving back. With all the joy of the holidays, there is also
a lot of need. And even the youngest of volunteers can make a huge difference…”
Read the entire article.
How will you be giving back to your community this holiday season?