So how do you get a 5-year-old to stop thinking about her wish list and start thinking about what other people really want for the holidays? Print and save these conversation starters.
- What is your sister's favorite color?
- Could we do something nice for Grandma, like make a coupon promising to help her with her grocery shopping?
- Do you think the lady who delivers our mail would like some homemade cookies?
- Who are your brother's favorite toy or TV characters?
- What do you think Mom needs? She has lots of socks, but she has only a few warm sweaters.
- What does Dad like to do on the weekends when he's not busy?
- Can you think of Grandpa's favorite movie or sports team?
- What does your babysitter like to do?
This is also a great time to talk about your budget. Don't set a concrete limit -- just steer her in the right direction. For instance, if your daughter knows that her brother loves to play the piano, she might suggest getting him a brand-new one. Just say "That's out of our price range, but do you think he'd like some new sheet music?"
Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the December 2007 issue of Parents magazine.