In a bid to try and stop their children growing up spoiled, Hollywood actors, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are implementing a ‘One-Gift’ rule at Christmas.
This comes after their grandparents showered them with gifts last year.
“We didn’t give her anything – it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift,” Mila told Entertainment Tonight.
The couple have now asked the grandparents to now just pick one gift for their children.
The famous stars are not alone in their frustration against this first world problem, Mumsnet has seen hundreds of discussion about overspending grandparents and how to persuade them to rein in their spending.
One grandparent says she has plans to spend up to £70 per grandchild – and she has 4.
She explains that it is difficult to not overspend as gifts are so expensive and says its ‘emotional’.
Clinical psychologist Linda Blair says “When we are given a lot, we expect to receive a lot.”
“Even if it’s only at Christmas and on birthdays, it will impact on children’s attitudes.”
With all these gifts, it’s no surprise our children are being conditioned to ‘expect’ lavish gifts.
Clive Whichelow, author of Grandparenting for Beginners, disagrees.
“Grandparents are like grown-up kids themselves. They are more on a level with the grandchildren than the parents.
“Parents need to take a step back and let grandparents spoil them – that’s part of their job,” he says.
We’ve had the four-gift rule – something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read, and now the one-gift rule, says writer Clive Whichelow.
But has anyone told Santa Claus about all this? he asks.
Source: The BBC