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Amanda Rock

Too Many Toys? Putting a Stop to Holiday Greed in Kids

By December 2, 2013

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I both love and dread this time of year. I love it because -- well -- it's the holiday season! Good food, good friends, wonderful memories -- I love spending time with my family. I love cooking and baking and shopping. I love wrapping and writing out Christmas cards and taking pictures with Santa. For me, from November 1 to January 1, life is just one big block of anticipation and I thrive on it.

What I don't love is watching my normally very sweet children turn into three "greedy guts," the trio of them basically turning the dozens of toy and gift catalogs that are delivered to our home every day into their personal request lists. Look, I get it -- they are supposed to ask for things and want stuff, I just wish they didn't think they needed so many things.

Although disheartening, this type of behavior is very common in kids this time of year. But there is hope. There are definite things you can do to curtail the seemingly insatiable "I want..." from your children.

From too-long gift lists, to too many gifts from too many people, here's how to cope.

How do you deal with holiday greed?

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