Whether it is during their birthdays or a holiday, it can be quite tempting to get your kids everything that they ask for. However, the trouble with that is the possibility that you could end up spoiling them if they happen to get everything that they asked for. While no parent would want to spoil their kid, it can also be challenging to find the fine line between being a good parent and being an over-indulgent one.

That said, here are a few ways to help you minimize the risk of spoiling your kids during the gift-giving season.

You can always go for the traditional bike or scooter

One of the biggest reasons why a bike is an ideal choice to help kids grow is that it has a learning curve. You will be able to help them learn how to ride a bike, making it fun even for kids who did not want a bike. You could also flip the script and go for a great kids scooter. Any gift that allows you to bond with your kids is worth getting.

Ask them what they want, but do not be afraid to make compromises

One of the easiest ways to figure out what your kids might want is to ask them about it. You will likely get a laundry list of gifts, but there will be one thing in particular that they simply have to have - even foregoing the rest to get it. With any luck, it could be something like a book or a more practical gift to help them grown. Commonly, however, it would be something that most kids want, such as the latest gadget and smartphone.

In such situations, do not be afraid to say no. After all, if it happens to be over your budget, there is no way to get them what they want. Instead, you can plan with your children - or perhaps even postpone the gift-giving if they genuinely want something beyond your means.


An expensive gift is a perfect opportunity to instil some responsibility

If what they want seems over-indulgent and you are afraid that you might spoil them, the best way to get them what they want without spoiling them is to make them earn the gift. For example, they could help you earn money by doing a few odd jobs or saving up their allowance. You would be surprised how much a kid would be willing to help their parents buy them something they want. It has the added benefit of minimizing the risk of spoiling them, as they were able to earn it through effort.

It is understandable to be afraid of spoiling your kids with gifts. That said, you do not have to be economical with your gift-giving if you do not want to. All you have to do is follow the steps above, and you will be able to minimize the risk of spoiling your kids during the holidays!

Published by Mohsin Ahsan