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Teaching Disappointment

My son is 9 and into science.  I have no clue what to get him for Christmas.  I got the Museum Tour catalog and asked him to tell me what he would like.

He chose $200 Video recording sunglasses, $229 global translator, and $379 Day’n Night Globe.

So from Thanksgiving to Christmas we will spend our nights discussing how grateful we are for what we already have and how sometimes major holidays can be very disappointing.


  1. Jessica says:

    This is a very simple statement to show how complicated and expensive childhood is these days. I remember getting a cheap telescope for 5 dollars when I was a kids and it kept me entertained for hours upon days! Now kids want the most elaborate and picey things. I hope your plan of teaching your son that sometimes we don’t get everything we want is a success. We must retrain our children to realize what the true meaning behind the holidays are….family! Good luck Momma!! =) Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

    1. Marianne says:

      Yeah… even legos are more complex and expensive. And his grandparents have already bought gifts so I can’t even hit them up…

  2. Rebecca Stanfel says:

    I am writing down your words to use later on my own kiddo. He told me yesterday he wants (and desperately needs) a DS for Hannukah/his birthday. He is not getting one. Last year’s wii as birthday present is still vexing me. Having to negotiate screen time on yet another screen will set me over the edge. So. Yes. Sometimes major holidays really are disappointing. (Repeat to myself 10 times.)

  3. Elena Aitken says:

    Oh, I totally get this. My son is a science kid too and while he’s happy with almost any experiment type thing I could get him, it’s his high maintenance twin sister that’s my problem! Ipods, jewelry and laptops oh my.

  4. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    Xmas can be so expensive. I’ve told my kids that Santa’s Elves don’t do electronics.

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