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From Gimmies to Goodness

10/27/2014 03:23PM ● Published by Hood Magazine

Photo courtesy of Ashley Thompson

By Alyssa Kuecker, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center  

 

As soon as chillier weather hits, so do advertisements for holiday gifts and gadgets. The season of “gimmies!” in children – and adults – is finally upon us. Betty Barto-Smith and Doniese Wilcox, Certified Family Life Educators at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, share advice on how parents can restore holiday jolliness without the gimmies.

“The gimmies appear in children as young as three years, as they are more abstract in imagining the enjoyment of a new toy. However, whether a child ever grows out of this kind of self-entitlement depends on how it’s handled by the parents,” explained Wilcox.

Flashy commercials, overflowing toy aisles and colorful advertisements in the mail prompt gimmies. Fortunately, tantrums can be avoided while visiting the store. Empathize and acknowledge your child’s enthusiasm over a toy. Say “Wow, wouldn’t that be fun to have? Let’s write it down so we can remember it for a holiday/birthday gift.”

“One of the biggest reasons parents indulge their children is because they feel guilty that busy schedules prevent opportunities to spend quality time with their children,” said Wilcox.

Both Barto-Smith and Wilcox strongly remind parents to not cave under their child’s pressure. Remember, parents run the household! One of the most important lessons you can teach your child is delayed gratification – such as waiting for the holiday. Occasionally, it’s OK to get a small treat from the store to reward good behavior.

Prepare your child before entering a store: “Today, we need to pick up eggs and milk. We are not getting any treats.” Delayed gratification allows for a child’s appreciation during those times when you can afford a treat, both financially and on the right occasion.

Children should also learn to shift the focus from themselves during the holidays. Many times, children become excited to sort through old toys and clothes to donate. Keep a change jar where family members toss loose change in during the season. Let your children make guesses on the amount and help them count it before donating.

Barto-Smith encourages parents, “Focus on giving gifts that are meaningful and timeless. For example, each year wrap a piece of beautiful china or a tool for your child. By the time your child is 18, he or she will have a complete set.” Donate to your child’s college fund each year. Pay for a future summer camp or ballet, guitar, or piano lessons.

Sometimes the perfect gift is just spending quality time with family. Coupon books filled with family activities, such as bike rides, going out for a meal or helping mommy or daddy finish a project promote togetherness. Even a gift of a book encourages parent and child reading together. These activities may require a little money, but this gift is far more cherished because you build a relationship with your child.
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  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Toddler Jump

    01/31/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for one of the highlights of our week, Toddler Jump at Air Madness. During Toddler Jump, ...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    01/31/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Open Hockey

    01/31/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    01/31/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Discount Skate Night

    01/31/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Skate for $1.00 an hour every Wednesday during our Discount Skate Night! Wednesdays • 6-9pm A...


  • Open Skate Discount Night

    01/31/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Open skating session for all ages at a discounted rate! Admission is $3. Regular skate rental fee...


  • A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER

    01/31/2018
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead ...


  • Tot Time

    02/01/2018
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

    Tot time is designed for toddlers and other little tikes, 6 years and younger, who may not be com...


  • Walking Program

    02/01/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    02/01/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    02/01/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Toddler Time

    02/01/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Little All Stars

    02/01/2018
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    LITTLE ALL STARS (Walking to 6 years )


  • Wee Play & Learn

    02/01/2018
    10:00AM — 11:15AM

    Come with your child to play, meet other families, and talk one-on-one with child development exp...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    02/01/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • New Baby & Me

    02/01/2018
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Creative Kids

    02/01/2018
    03:15PM — 04:00PM

    Elementary-aged children are invited to join us for books, activities, and a craft. For more info...


  • S.T.E.A.M. -N- Thursdays

    02/01/2018
    03:30PM — 04:15PM

    Discover science, technology, engineering, art and math through activities. This month's theme: S...


  • A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER

    02/01/2018
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead ...


  • Walking Program

    02/02/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    02/02/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    02/02/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • First Free Friday

    02/02/2018
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Little All Stars

    02/02/2018
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    LITTLE ALL STARS (Walking to 6 years )


  • Teen Night at Skate City

    02/02/2018
    08:00PM — 11:00PM

    This session is directed toward, but not reserved for, middle to high school aged skaters.