My children are pretty well rounded, but my sister’s children are another story. It doesn’t matter what I buy them, or anyone else for that matter, they don’t like it. Part of the problem is because they have so much already that nothing surprises them. There is nothing that brings a glimmer to their eyes and nothing that she can do to tame their mouths. Their displeasure for the gifts they are bought is evident on their faces and in their speech.
How does a parent keep a kid from being disrespectful when someone else has spent so much time and effort picking out the perfect gift? Most people threaten their children with punishment if they open their mouth, but that doesn’t do a thing for their glaring eyes of disappointment. How can a parent tactfully deal with this and not cause a scene?
As I say on my About.me page, my kids are mannered because I trained them to be, they don’t come out of the womb like that. The first time my child embarrassed me in front of a relative was the last. The gift that he didn’t like was given right back to the relative. He was told that he didn’t deserve it and they should give it to a child who didn’t have as much. That’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t that he didn’t want the gift, it was that he had something else in mind and was disappointed.
Dealing with children these days takes an active approach. As parents, we have to say what we are willing to accept and what we are not. When we lay down the law we must stand good on what we say. By encouraging good behavior at a young age, it prevents embarrassing moments when they are older.