Pester power has cost me thousands in Christmas tat: here’s how to limit the damage Read more:

by Super User
Once again the list of top-10 must-have Christmas presents has been announced. That means that, in a couple of weeks, the ever-turning carousel of brightly lit, over-coloured adverts will start broadcasting, subconsciously informing anyone within earshot their life will be complete once they have the item being showcased I’m so guilty of falling victim to pester power. My children were pester ninjas. They had they ability to nag me to breaking point, especially as Christmas was approaching. ‘But, Muuuuum! Everybody is getting one/already has one. Pleeease!’ And then they would promise me the moon on a stick in the form of chores around the house, homework done without any protesting, going to bed on time, no treats from now until the end of time. In this day and age, you can’t just switch the television off and ignore the overplayed, catchy jingles because adverts are everywhere now. As December gets closer and closer, there are billboards, announcements in comics, magazines and newspapers, temptations spilling out of every shop and supermarket. And, as I was reminded on the Family Loop Facebook page this week, even on the family friendly channels on YouTube. FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is a bitch. I always remember the joy of getting that one present I’d drooled over, or the disappointment when a much-coveted item wasn’t hidden at the bottom of my Christmas stocking. So, occasionally, I give in to that pester power and give them what they wanted because I just wanted to make sure that they were happy. The toys they want are usually the ones that have the smallest pieces that will get lost the quickest. There will be 24 hours of heartbreak and the toy will be cast aside and forgotten about and, eventually, relegated to the charity shop or school jumble sale. Even now, as a grandparent, I want to make sure I’m buying the right things and have to rely on friend’s recommendations. It’s always good to see a few traditionals in there (hello Lego, my old friend) and nostalgic toys (My Little Pony seems to be making a comeback in recent years) but there’s a few new interactive (digital and ’round table’) games along with the aforementioned multi-piece collectables. There’s so much choice and so much scope to get it wrong so here are three quick tips to help overcome pester power and probably save you spending hundreds on Christmas tat. Make a list The modern way of writing a Christmas list seems to be grabbing the nearest Smyths Toys or Argos catalogue and circling ‘must haves’ and ‘favourites. You’ll have a visual idea of what your child is setting their sights on this year. Join forces If there is one big present that feel just too expensive, ask other family members to chip in and help out with the cost rather than buying separate presents or offering money instead of gifts. Be honest If that present is too expensive or not attainable within your budget then honesty is the best policy. Children have to know the value of money, so helping them understand and finding alternative ways to attain their wishlist item can be a valuable lesson

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