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What NOT to Give Kids for Christmas

by Sarah Lyons on Dec 8th, 2016

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Toys That Encourage Violence

Lauren Heller, Overland Park mom of twins, says, “Anything that encourages hitting or violence against siblings is discouraged. They fight enough as it is.” Toys such as Nerf guns, swords, punching bags, and boxing gloves are not ideal for families that may not want weapons in the house. Amy Cameron, Olathe mom of three has a different perspective. “A water gun, lightsaber, or Nerf gun for only one sibling is not desired. They need to be equally armed.” It’s best to ask permission before purchasing these kinds of items.

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All That Glitters Isn’t Always Gold

Many families love to receive craft items as gifts and even ask for them specifically. Others may find them messy, stressful, and frustrating. Play dough, paint, markers, stamps, beads, and glitter all fall into this category. “It doesn’t feel like a gift when we are trying to get ink out of our laundry or carpet, or off the walls,” says Bridget Estelle, Olathe mom of four. Keeping this in mind, some families do enjoy crafts. Double check with the parents to see what their policy on craft supplies is before you make your purchase.

Purchasing a gift for someone is always challenging because you want it to be enjoyed. Ask the parents what they suggest, if anything is not permitted in the house, and if you have a great idea, run it by them first. Consider buying classic toys that are always a hit or an experience like tickets to a local attraction. Even if you have purchased one of the toys mentioned above or you were planning to, don’t fret. Parents know that it truly is the thought that counts and are grateful that their children have generous people in their lives.

Gifts parents LOVE to receive for their kids

  • Educational toys
  • Experiences - zoo memberships, movie passes, classes, camps
  • Complete gifts - a tablet, case, warranty, and gift card for apps
  • Accessories - a train to go with a new train set, furniture for a new doll house
  • Books
  • Batteries
  • Practical gifts - clothes, shoes, coats

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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